Elections in communist Laos promise little change (AP) – 1271th Edition

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, voters fill in their ballots at a polling station in Vientiane, Laos, Saturday, April 30, 2011. Laos, one of the world's last communist nations, is holding parliamentary elections Saturday but the vote will only preserve the status quo, because virtually all candidates owe allegiance to the all-powerful political party that's ruled for 36 years. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Si Hongliang) NO SALESAP – Laos held legislative elections Saturday that are expected to sweep in a younger generation of lawmakers but preserve the political status quo, since virtually all candidates owe allegiance to the all-powerful communist party that has ruled for 36 years.

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