More than 40,000 Jubilant Laotians attended a rally in the Laotian capital of Vientiane on Tuesday (9 December) to mark the birth of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos.
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CU & SV Pao Pinpachan speaks.
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CU Phoumi Vongvichit.
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Background: More than 40,000 Jubilant Laotians attended a rally in the Laotian capital of Vientiane on Tuesday (9 December) to mark the birth of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos.
As the new Laotian flag was hoisted up and fluttered aloft for the first time the crowd entered into the festive mood and waved banners and flags. The day had been proclaimed a public holiday and all schools and government offices were closed.
The creation of the new Republic ended 700 years of royal rule in Laos and replaced the 19 month old coalition government which was set up under the terms of the 1973 Laos peace agreement.
King Savang Vattana - once known as the ruler of the Kingdom of a Thousand Elephants - abdicated last week. The reins of the new Government are now in the hands of President, Prince Souphanouvong and Premier Kaysone Phomivan.
Tuesday's (9 December) rally started early in the morning and the programme was watched from the official dais by a delegation from the Supreme Congress headed by Vice-Premier referred to the new republic as being formed by the will of the people.
SYNOPSIS: More than forty thousand Laotians flocked to the national stadium in the Laotian capital of Vientiane on Tuesday to take part in a rally marking the birth of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. The creation of the new Republic ends seven hundred years of royal rule in Laos.
For the first time the new Laotian flag was hoisted aloft.
A delegation from the Supreme Congress of the Republic attended the celebration headed by Vice-Premier Phoumi Vongvichit.
Tuesday was declared a public holiday in Laos and all schools and government offices were closed.
The celebration started at seven o'clock and the first speaker to address the jubilant crowd was Pao Pinpanchan, Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of Vientiane.
The crowd listened intently to what their leaders had to say.
When Vice-Premier Vongvichit spoke he told them that the new Republic had been formed by the will of the people. Last week the nineteen month coalition government, set up under the terms of the nineteen seventy three Laos peace agreement, was dissolved to make way for the new order.