Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly has elected Vo Van Thuong, a standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, as the country’s new state president for the 2021-26 tenure.
The election was carried out during the fourth extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Hanoi on Thursday morning, and the result was documented in a resolution.
Thuong then swore allegiance to the nation, people, and constitution during a televised ceremony.
“I’ll make an effort to complete the missions assigned by the Party, state, and people,” he stated.
Born in 1970 in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, Thuong holds a master's degree in philosophy.
|Vietnamese leaders and high-ranking officials cast their votes for the new state president during the fourth extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Hanoi, March 2, 2023. Photo: Gia Han / Tuoi Tre|
He has been a standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat since February 2021 and was the head of the Party’s Central Propaganda Department from February 2016 to February 2021.
Thuong has been a member of the all-powerful Politburo since January 2016 and a member of the Party Central Committee since January 2011.
He was deputy secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee from April 2014 to February 2016.
Thuong once held the positions of secretary of the Party Committee of Quang Ngai Province, secretary of the Party Committee of District 12 in Ho Chi Minh City, standing secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, chairman of the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam, and president of the Vietnam Youth Federation.
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