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On The Writing Of Lao History: Continuities And Discontinuities Journal Of Southeast Asian Studies

Immediately after a year of stalemate, the government went ahead with elections in the rest of the country in December 1955. After the elections Katāy’s government was defeated in the new National Assembly, and Suvannaphūmā returned to office, still determined to develop a neutralist coalition government. Suvannaphūmā usually believed that the Lao, if left alone, could settle their personal variations, and that he could come to an agreement with his half-brother Suphānuvong. In January 1949 Lao Communists led by Kaisôn established a new Communist-controlled Lao military force in Vietnam, nominally loyal to the Lao Issara government but in fact answerable...