New President of Vietnam Nominated by Communist Party: Report | News about politics

Vietnam’s Communist Party has nominated Vo Van Thuong (52) as the country’s next president, according to sources.

Vietnam’s Communist Party has nominated Vo Van Thuong as the country’s new president, two party sources told Reuters news agency, after his predecessor was forced to resign in January as part of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign in the country.

The government said in a statement on Wednesday that the party’s central committee had agreed on a nomination for president, but did not name the candidate.

Thuong, 52, is the youngest member of the party’s 16-member Politburo, the country’s top decision-making body, and is widely considered to be close to Communist Party of Vietnam Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s most powerful figure.

Thuong currently holds the position of Secretary of the Party’s Central Committee, which is already one of the highest-ranking positions in the country.

Le Hong Hiep, senior fellow and coordinator of the Vietnam Studies Program at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, said that in recent days Hanoi had been “rife with rumours” that Vo Van Thuong would be named as a candidate for state president.

Born in Vietnam’s southern Vinh Long province, Thuong is also seen as an ally of National Assembly Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue, who is reportedly a favorite to succeed the current secretary-general in the top party job.

Vietnam’s Vo Van Thuong, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, in Dong Dang city, Lang Son province, Vietnam, in 2019 (File: EPA-EFE)

“The election of Thuong to the presidency may therefore facilitate this succession plan,” Hiep wrote Tuesday in Fulcrum.

Trong is the main architect behind the ongoing “burning furnace” crackdown on corruption, which has seen hundreds of officials investigated and many forced out of their jobs, including Vietnam’s former president Nguyen Xuan Phuc and two deputy prime ministers.

Thuong’s nomination will need rubber-stamp approval by the country’s National Assembly, which is due to hold an extraordinary session on Thursday and a formal meeting in May.

“Thuong is a colorful party apparatus and a trusted member of General Secretary Trong’s inner circle,” said Carl Thayer, an expert on Vietnam politics at the Australian Defense Force Academy in Canberra.

Hanoi-based diplomats told the Reuters news agency that they saw the party’s decision to appoint Thuong as president as an attempt to promote a new generation of leaders and consolidate power in case the 78-year-old Trong decides to step down before the end of his term. time. third period in 2026.

The secretary general is often chosen from among the top leaders and Trong, who was reappointed for a third term in 2021, is “confident he has an acceptable successor in the mix”, one diplomat said.

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