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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Background
The first constitution since 1975 was promulgated in August 1991. It reaffirmed the monopoly of the LPRP on political power as well as the goal of a market-oriented economy. Restated in the Sixth Congress (1996), the Party has sole responsibility to lead the country and the government under the Constitution.
In July 1997, Laos became a member of Asean. Lao is considered a least developed country, with a population estimated at 5 million. Lao has made significant progress in guaranteeing children their rights to survival. However, there is still much to be attained in terms of the other rights of children at the critical stages of their lives.