Vietnam’s Communist Party leader becomes the President

Vietnam’s National Assemble has elected Nguyen Phu Trong (74), the Communist Party’s Secretary-General, as the new President of the country after 99.8% vote.

Nguyen Phu Trong has become the first leader to maintain both the roles and party’s head and country’s President in the country since Ho Chi Minh. Both are from Communist Party and President.

“I, President of Vietnam vow to be completely loyal to the nation, people and Constitution,” Trong said at the ceremony, speaking beneath a large bust of Ho Chi Minh.

“This is a very huge honour, while at the same time, a very heavy responsibility for me,” he added.

Previously, Trong has been chief ideologist in the party and in 1997 was elected to the Politburo. He has been Secretary General since 2011.

Trong takes over Tran Dai Quang, who died in September due to severe illness.

Analysts do not believe that Trong’s enhanced role will change Vietnam’s course. Presidential presidency in Vietnam is mainly ceremonial.

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