File picture shows Laotians registering to vote at a polling station in Vientiane

 
File picture shows Laotians registering to vote at a polling station in Vientiane
Laotians register to vote at a polling station in Vientiane, in this file picture taken April 30, 2011. Communist Laos has announced results of its parliamentary election, with a younger, "highly educated" generation of lawmakers set to continue the authoritarian status quo in one of Asia's most tightly controlled countries. More than 3.2 million people, roughly half the population, cast votes in the five-yearly poll to elect 132 lawmakers, all but four of whom were representatives of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the only legal party in the mountainous, landlocked country. The voter turnout was 99.6 percent and a "joyful atmosphere" prevailed during the April 30 ballot, election authorities said on May 10, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files (LAOS - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)