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Vo Van Thuong steps down as Vietnam’s state president

Vo Van Thuong steps down as Vietnam’s state president

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 13:04 GMT+7
Vo Van Thuong steps down as Vietnam’s state president
A National Assembly meeting. Photo: Gia Han / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) dismissed Vo Van Thuong from his posts of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for the 2021-26 tenure and Deputy of the 15th NA at an extraordinary meeting in Hanoi on Thursday morning.

Lawmakers approved a resolution on the dismissal at the meeting presided over by NA chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam agreed to relieve Thuong of the following roles: member of the Politburo, member of the 13th Party Central Committee, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Chairman of the National Defense and Security Council for the 2021-26 term.

Reports from the Central Inspection Commission and relevant authorities indicate that he has breached regulations prohibiting certain actions for Party members.

He has failed to fulfill the responsibility of setting an example for officials and Party members, particularly crucial for members of the Politburo, the Secretariat, and the Party Central Committee.

He has also been held accountable as a leader in accordance with Party rules and state laws.

Thuong's violations and shortcomings have stirred negative public sentiment and have had an adverse impact on the reputation of the Party, the state, and his personal integrity.

Having a clear understanding of his responsibilities to the Party, the state, and the people, he submitted a request to relinquish all of his assigned positions and duties.

Vo Van Thuong, 54, a native of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, was sworn in as state president in March 2023.

He holds a master's degree in philosophy.

Thuong was a standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat from February 2021 to March 2023 and the head of the Party’s Central Propaganda Department from February 2016 to January 2021.

Thuong served as a member of the all-powerful Politburo from January 2016 and a member of the Party Central Committee from January 2011.

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Thanh Ha - Thanh Chung / Tuoi Tre News


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