Politburo Member Vo Van Thuong Sworn in as State President

Politburo member Vo Van Thuong was sworn in as State President of Vietnam during the fourth extraordinary session of the 15th National Assembly held in Hanoi on March 2.

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Politburo Member Vo Van Thuong Sworn in as State President
Politburo member Vo Van Thuong sworn in as State President.Photo: Nhandan

Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee Vo Van Thuong pledged to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity after he was elected at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Hanoi on March 2 with 97% of votes in favour, according to the VOV.

Thuong, 53, vowed to be loyal to the Vietnamese Fatherland and people, as well as the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

“I will do his utmost to successfully fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, State and people,” said the newly elected State President at the swearing-in ceremony.

In his address to the National Assembly session, Thuong said he deeply grasps the Party’s viewpoint of placing the people at the centre of decision making to protect their legitimate interests. He showed a strong resolve to resolutely fight against corruption and negativity, synchronously perfect the institutions for sustainable development, and build a clean and strong State apparatus for the sake of the nation and people.

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) congratulates newly-elected President Vo Van Thuong.
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) congratulates newly-elected President Vo Van Thuong.Photo:Nhandan

The President also vowed to resolutely protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintain a peaceful and stable environment for national development, and promote external relations in the spirit of Vietnam acting as a friend, a reliable partner, an active and responsible member in the international community.

The Party Central Committee at its extraordinary gathering on March 1 nominated Thuong as the presidential candidate for the National Assembly to vote at an extraordinary session on March 2.

President Vo Van Thuong performs the swearing-in ceremony.
President Vo Van Thuong performs the swearing-in ceremony.

The new elected president, hailing from Vinh Long province, southern Vietnam, is a Master of Philosophy. He had held important positions in the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Party Committees of Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ngai province before he was elected to the Political Bureau between 2016 and 2021, keeping posts of Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the Party’s Commission for Information and Education.

Between February 2021 and February 2023, he was member of the Politburo and permanent member of the Secretariat of the party Central Committee. He is also working as deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control.

He has been elected to the National Assembly for the 12th, 14th and 15th tenures.

Tarah Nguyen