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Provisional Royal Lao Government
Flag
Coat of arms
Anthem: "Pheng Xat Lao"[a]
Claimed Territory of the Royal Lao Government in Exile
StatusGovernment in exile
CapitalVientiane (de jure)
Gresham, Oregon (de facto)
GovernmentGovernment in exile
• King
Soulivong Savang
• Prime Minister-in-exile
Khamphoui Sisavatdy
Establishment
• Proclamation
6 March 2003
  1. ^ With 1947 lyrics.

The Royal Lao Government in Exile (RLGE) is a Laotian government in exile opposed to the Lao People's Democratic Republic. It purports to seek to institute a constitutional monarchy in Laos that ensures freedom, justice, peace, and prosperity for the Lao people.

Organization

The Royal Lao Government in Exile claims that it is an interim democratic government consisting of eighty representatives from Lao political organizations and associations elected by the Lao people inside Laos and abroad. The Royal Lao Government in Exile is chaired by Professor Khamphoui Sisavatdy,[1] who claims to have previously served in the former Royal Lao Government under H.M. King Savang Vatthana of Laos as a Deputy in the National Assembly and was a Professor of Lao History at Sisavangvong University. In 1972, he traveled to the United States with a Lao delegation to speak to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger concerning a series of proposed Geneva Convention treaties.

The Supreme National Political Council in Exile is reportedly chaired by H.E. Phraya Sithidej (Sithat Sithibourn), former Lao Governor, former Lao Congressman and former President of Political and Law Commission of the Lao National Parliament.

The Royal Laos Defence Forces under RLGE claim to be led by General Saveng Vongsavath, former Colonel of the Royal Lao Army and the military Commander of the Lao People's National Liberation Front (LPNLF).[2][3]

Allegedly, the only royal family member of Laos that held a position within RLGE is Brigadier-General H.H. Prince (Sadu Chao Jaya) Muni Varman Kindama Varman [Monivong Kindavong]. He was the Vice-President of the Supreme National Political Council in Exile until his death in 2004. H.H. Prince Monivong Kindavong was born in 1928, received education in École des Officiers d’Applications (EOA), in 1973 he was promoted as a Brigadier-General of the Royal Lao Army. H.H. Prince Monivong Kindavong's father is H.H. Prince (Sadu Chao Jaya) Kindama Varman [Kindavong], who was a Delegate for Upper Laos and representative of H.M. The King to the Provisional Government of France in 1946. H.H. Prince Kindavong served as a Prime Minister from 23 April 1946 until 15 March 1947 and as a Minister of State from 1947 to 1948. H.H. Prince Kindavong is the son of H.H Prince Chao Maha Oupahat Bounkhong, the last Vice-King of Luang Prabang and a nephew of King Sisavang Vong. H.H. Prince Kindavong is also a younger half-brother of H.H. Prince Phetsarath Ratanavongsa, who was prime minister of Laos from 1942 to 1945, and the first and last Vice-King of the Kingdom of Laos and a brother of H.H. Prince Souvanna Phouma, a Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Laos several times from 1951–1954, 1956–1958, 1960 and 1962–1975.[citation needed]

History

The Royal Lao Government in Exile (RLGE) reportedly was proclaimed on May 6, 2003, according to itself. On June 16, 2003 by permission of the Secretary of the State of Oregon Royal Lao Government in Exile was incorporated under the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act. On June 23, 2003, the RLGE signed an agreement with Free Vietnamese Government in Santa Ana, California, to join hands between the two governments with a mutual goal of fighting against Laos and Vietnam. On June 25, 2003, the RLGE was granted audience with the United Nations Secretarial Office in New York City followed by audience with the U.S. States Department in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2003.

Royal Laos Defence Forces emblem
Royal Laos Defence Forces emblem

On July 5, 2003, the RLGE reportedly claims that a reformation Ministerial Conference was held in city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA for an official announcement of its policies and national agendas. The second reformation was passed in on 23 March 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for official announcement of restoration and revival of Lao National Army in the same form as it was until 1975. The third reformation was passed in on September 2, 2004 in the city of San Diego, California, USA. The fourth reformation was passed in on 25 March 2005 in the city of Sacramento, California, USA. In this meeting members of RLGE voted H.E. Khamphoui Sisavatdy to continue his term as the Prime Minister of the Royal Lao Government in Exile. The fifth reformation was passed in October 2005 in the city of Fresno, California. In this meeting RLGE decided to accept to let Hmong ethnic people into RLGE. The sixth reformation was passed in on 25 September 2010 in the city of New Iberia in the state of Louisiana. In this meeting members of RLGE voted H.E. Khamphoui Sisavatdy to continue his term as the Prime Minister of the Royal Lao Government in Exile until Lao Democracy is restored. In this meeting RLGE issued a public statement no. PMO/060/2010 based on the U.S Congress resolutions 240, 169, 309, 318, 204 and on the European Parliamentary Resolution on Laos on February 15, 2002 and to observe the Geneva Accords of 1954 and 1962 on Laos under the real condition of the current time in Laos and also solving Lao problems peacefully and politically, we the patriotic Nationalist people of Laos would like to proclaim to the International Communities and to the Lao people inside Laos and abroad that the Royal Lao Government has been restored and revived to take full responsibility on the affairs on Laos under the leadership of the people in charge of government in exile temporarily.[4]

Prime ministers

# Prime Minister Picture Took office Left office Notes
1 Khamphoui Sisavatdy
6 May 2003 25 March 2005 in the city of Sacramento, California, USA members of RLGE voted H.E. Khamphoui Sisavatdy to continue his term as the Prime Minister of the Royal Lao Government in Exile.

25 September 2010 in the city of New Iberia, Louisiana, USA members of RLGE voted H.E. Khamphoui Sisavatdy to continue his term as the Prime Minister of the Royal Lao Government in Exile until Lao Democracy is restored.

Recent activities

See also

General:

References

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  2. ^ Tikhonov, Vladimir; Brekke, Torkel (10 September 2012). Violent Buddhism: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia. ISBN 9781136277078. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  3. ^ "The Royal Laos Defence Forces". RLGE. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  4. ^ "Background of the Royal Lao Government in Exile" (PDF). RLGE. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  5. ^ "Kay Danes has been appointed as an Honorary Advisor to the Executive Office of the Prime Minister representing the Royal Lao Government in Exile". Kay Danes. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  6. ^ "Lao Parade celebrates Freedom". Lowell Sun. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  7. ^ "H.E Khamphoui Sisavatdy was invited to Washington, D.C." Montana News Association. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  8. ^ "The Royal Lao Government in Exile Condemns National Elections in Laos as Charade". Dakota Voice. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  9. ^ "Chris Hayes MP speech about Royal Lao Government in Exile". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  10. ^ "Transparency and the EU". Transparency Register. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  11. ^ "The Association of the Envoys Extraordinary of the Royal Lao Government in Exile Worldwide - AEERLGE". AEERLGE. Archived from the original on 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-07-03.