Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been re-elected as Vietnam’s state president during the ongoing session of the 15th National Assembly in Hanoi.
NA deputies cast their ballots to select the country’s state president for the 2021-26 tenure on Monday morning.
A resolution on the election was adopted with all 483 deputies present, or 96.79 percent of the total lawmakers, voting yes, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The newly-elected state president then took the oath of office under the national flag and in front of the NA and voters nationwide.
“I swear allegiance to the nation, people, and constitution, and will make an effort to complete the missions assigned by the Party, the State, and people,” Phuc said during the televised ceremony.
He also submitted lists of candidates for the election of the prime minister, vice-state president, chief justice of the Supreme People’s Court, and chief procurator of the Supreme People's Procuracy.
Delegates are scheduled to vote for the prime minister on Monday afternoon.
Born in 1954 in central Quang Nam Province, Phuc assumed office as prime minister on April 7, 2016.
The National Assembly passed a resolution to relieve Phuc as prime minister at the end of his five-year term on April 2.
He was elected as state president for the 2016-21 tenure on April 5 to replace Nguyen Phu Trong, who took over from Tran Dai Quang as state president on October 23, 2018, after the latter passed away on September 21, 2018.
Phuc previously served as deputy prime minister from August 2011 to April 2016.
He 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.