The Vietnamese Party Central Committee (PCC) on Tuesday agreed to let State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc quit the posts of a member of the Politburo and of the 13th PCC upon his request.
The decision was made during a meeting at the headquarters of the PCC to consider Phuc’s wish to retire and leave all of his positions—a member of the Politburo, a member of the 13th PCC, State President of Vietnam, and chairman of the Council of National Defense and Security in the 2021-26 tenure.
Nguyen Xuan Phuc is a key leader of the Party and the state. He has been appointed to many important positions in the Party and the state by the PCC and the Politburo.
Holding the post of the prime minister in the 2016-21 tenure, he made great efforts in leadership, direction and operation of the country’s COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control, achieving many important results.
However, as the leader of the government, he must take the political responsibility when many high-ranking officials, including two deputy prime ministers and three ministers, committed violations and wrongdoings, causing serious consequences.
The two deputy prime ministers—Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam— had earlier resigned from their posts, while two ministers and many officials had faced criminal charges.
Aware of his responsibility before the Party and the people, he tendered his resignation to retire.
Based on the prevailing regulations of the Party and the state, the PCC accepted Phuc’s resignation.
The PCC assigned the Politburo to direct relevant agencies to complete related procedures in line with the law.
Phuc, 69, a native of Que Phu Commune, Que Son District, Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, was a member of the PCC and the Politburo and a deputy of the National Assembly for many tenures.
He was appointed as the State President of Vietnam on April 5, 2021 after holding the post of the prime minister of the country from 2016 to 2021.
Earlier, he served as deputy prime minister, minister and chairman of the Government Office, vice-chairman of the Government Office, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate, and chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province.