Vietnam’s National Assembly announced incumbent Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang as State President for the 2016-20 tenure on Saturday.
Gen. Quang, 60, garnered 98.92 percent approval vote to become the new head of state of the Southeast Asian country, as 465 attending members cast their votes in Hanoi.
He replaces Truong Tan Sang, who was officially removed from his position following a resolution the National Assembly issued on Thursday.
Sang still held the office on Friday to save the country a ‘power vacuum,’ as the election of the new state president for the 2016-20 tenure was carried out one day late to avoid having the new head of state take his oath on April Fools’ Day.
On Saturday morning, newly elected State President Tran Dai Quang took an oath of office immediately after the election.
“I swear complete allegiance to the country, people, and constitution,” Quang said, before promising to do his best to “fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, the State, and people.”
Tran Dai Quang was born in 1956 in the northern province of Ninh Binh. He was member of the Politburo in 2011 and continues to be a part of the most powerful panel in the Party in 2016.
He became the Deputy Minister of Public Security in 2006, and was selected head of the ministry in 2011. He became a general officer in 2012.
Quang is the second important government positions announced, after Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was named National Assembly chairwoman for the 2016-20 tenure on Thursday.
A former vice chairwoman, Ngan is the first-ever woman to hold the position of the National Assembly chairperson.