Party chief re-elected for third term at the helm

By Hoang Thuy   January 30, 2021 | 11:22 pm PT
The 13th Communist Party Central Committee has elected Nguyen Phu Trong for a third term as Vietnam's Party General Secretary.

The first plenum of the 13th Party Central Committee took place Sunday morning to choose members of new Politburo, the Party General Secretary, the Secretariat, the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and the commission's chairperson.

Incumbent Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, 77, was re-elected for another five-year term, the third in a row.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on behalf of the new Politburo, congrats Trong on being elected to his third term. Photo by VNA.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on behalf of the Politburo, congratulates Nguyen Phu Trong on being elected for a third term as Party General Secretary. Photo by VNA.

He was re-elected Saturday to the 13th Communist Party Central Committee, which included 180 official and 20 alternate members.

Trong was among the "special cases" introduced by the 12th Party Central Committee for re-election to the 13th Party Central Committee since they exceed the age limit as per existing regulations.

He became General Secretary of the Party Central Committee in 2011, and was re-elected to the position in 2016.

Party chief, President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at a meeting with the people in Hanoi, October 14, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at a meeting with voters in Hanoi, October 14, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai.

Nguyen Phu Trong, born in 1944 in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District, joined the Communist Party in 1967. He holds a Ph.D degree in politics and a bachelor’s degree in literature.

He was General Secretary of the Party Central Committee in the 11th, 12th and 13th tenures, a member of the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Politburos, a member of the Politburo's Standing Board (August 1999 - April 2001), and a member of the Party Central Committee from the 7th to the 13th tenures.

In October 2018, he was elected as State President, making history by becoming the nation’s first ever to be both Party chief and State President. Earlier, he was Chairman of the National Assembly for the 11th and 12th tenures.

Trong has also been Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Head of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control. He was a member of the National Assembly during its 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th tenures.

The 13th Party Central Committee on Sunday also voted for the 18 members of Politburo, five members of the Party Secretariat, and 19 of the Inspection Commission along with the commission head. The list can be found here.

Tran Cam Tu will continue to serve as the head of the Inspection Commission, which was tasked with enforcing the Party's regulations, addressing corruption and deliberating disciplines for offenders among the Party rank.

The General Secretary and the Politburo of the 13th tenure will be introduced to the 13th National Party Congress on Monday, the final working day.

Later in May, the general election for the 15th-tenure of the National Assembly will be held, and the National Assembly will elect the State President and Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will then propose to the National Assembly new cabinet members.

Below is the full list of the Politburo members and their current positions.

-Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary, State President

-Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister

-Pham Minh Chinh, Head of the Central Organizing Commission

-Vuong Dinh Hue, Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee

-Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade

-Nguyen Hoa Binh, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court

-Luong Cuong, Director of the Vietnam People’s Army’s General Department of Politics

-Dinh Tien Dung, Minister of Finance

-Phan Van Giang, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army

-To Lam, Minister of Public Security

-Truong Thi Mai, Head of the Central Commission for Mass Mobilization

-Tran Thanh Man, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front

-Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs

-Nguyen Van Nen, Secretary of HCM City Party Committee

-Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council

-Vo Van Thuong, Head of the Central Commission for Publicity and Education

-Phan Dinh Trac, Head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs

-Tran Cam Tu, Chairman of the Central Inspection Commission

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