The Vietnamese parliament approved the nomination of Vo Van Thuong as the country’s new president. Thuong is a member of the Politburo of the ruling Communist Party. – I will be absolutely faithful to the homeland, the people and the constitution, trying to fulfill the tasks set by the party, the state and the nation – he said. Former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned in January amid allegations of improprieties.
In an emergency session, members of the National Assembly on Thursday approved the election of 52-year-old Thuong, who had been nominated by the Communist Party the day before. Vietnam (KPW). According to the website of the unicameral parliament, his candidacy was supported by 98.38 percent. voters.
In his first speech to parliament, the new president announced that he would continue his resolute anti-corruption campaign.
“I will be absolutely faithful to the motherland, the people and the constitution, trying to fulfill the tasks set by the party, state and people,” Thuong said in a speech broadcast on state television.
Former president Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned after the party held him responsible for rule violations and misdemeanors committed by numerous officials subordinate to him. Phuc switched to retirement – announced the Central Committee of the KPW.
The youngest in the political office, he started his career in the communist youth wing
Thuong is the youngest member of the Politburo of the KPW, the de facto most important decision-making body in the country, and started his career in the communist youth wing. He is considered a close supporter of party secretary general Ngyuen Phu Trong, the country’s top official and the main architect of the anti-corruption campaign, Reuters reported.
Thuong’s election is seen as an announcement of continuity in Vietnam’s economic and foreign policy after the shock of his predecessor’s sudden resignation. Reuters points out that Vietnam is the recipient of many foreign investments, and investors are attracted to the stability of its political system.
Power in Vietnam is divided among four most important positions: party secretary general, prime minister, president and speaker of parliament.
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