Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has resigned, the Vietnamese state news agency reported. The country’s ruling communist party held him responsible for the violations and misdemeanors committed by his subordinate officials.
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, “being fully aware of his responsibility to the Party and the nation, resigned from his assigned posts, left his job and went to retirement” – was written in the quoted communiqué of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Vietnam.
Phuc, 68, has been in office since 2021, having previously served as the prime minister of Vietnam for five years.
The resignation of the president from office has been rumored since earlier in January two deputy prime ministers who also worked in the government under Phuc were dismissed, comments Reuters. He adds that it is not yet known who will replace the outgoing president. His resignation still needs to be approved by the Vietnamese parliament. The House is due to hold an emergency session later this week, Reuters reports.
Power in Vietnam is divided among four most important positions: party secretary general, prime minister, president and speaker of parliament.
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