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Vietnam swears in new state president

Monday, April 05, 2021, 10:06 GMT+7
Vietnam swears in new state president
This supplied photo shows Nguyen Xuan Phuc, a former prime minister, taking an oath of allegiance as Vietnam's state president before the lawmaking National Assembly in Hanoi, April 5, 2021.

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who had stepped down as prime minister last week, as state president on Monday morning.

The election was confirmed in a vote and documented in a resolution.

Phuc swore allegiance to the nation, people, and constitution in a swearing-in ceremony.

“I’ll make an effort to complete the missions assigned by the Party, state, and people,” he swore during the televised ceremony in Hanoi.   

On April 2, the National Assembly passed another resolution with a 93-percent vote to relieve Phuc as prime minister, whose five-year term ended accordingly.

He had been nominated for the presidency. This was the first time an incumbent prime minister had been tipped as a future state president.

The resolution took effect on Monday so Phuc had continued taking on the prime minister’s responsibility since last week, the legislature said.

The National Assembly Party voted to dismiss General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as state president on April 2.

Trong, born in 1944, took over from Tran Dai Quang as state president on October 23, 2018, after the latter passed away on September 21, 2018.

Born in 1954 in Quang Nam Province, Phuc assumed office as prime minister on April 7, 2016, according to his biography.

He served as deputy prime minister from August 2011 to April 2016.

Phuc was deputy secretary of the Quang Nam Party Committee and chairman of the provincial People’s Committee from 2001 to 2006 before ascending the ranks at the central government level.

Pham Minh Chinh, chief of the Party's Central Organization Commission, has been tipped as the country's next prime minister, as Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper understands.

The legislature will elect a new prime minister on Monday afternoon.

Trong, Phuc, and Chinh are members of the all-powerful Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

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