Vietnam's legislators vote for president today

By Son Ha   May 20, 2024 | 05:56 pm PT
Vietnam's legislators vote for president today
Minister of Public Security, General To Lam answers questions at a National Assembly meeting, November 2023. Photo by National Assembly Media
The National Assembly begins the process of electing the state president Tuesday, the second working day of the NA's seventh session.

The election process will start at the end of the afternoon session.

The Central Party Committee last Saturday recommended Public Security Minister To Lam, a Politburo member and Minister of Public Security, for the NA to elect as president.

Bui Van Cuong, Secretary-General of the NA, said the committee had not yet nominated a candidate for the Minister of Public Security, so the NA is yet to approve or dismiss this position at the 7th meeting.

General To Lam, 67, is a native of Van Giang District in the northern Hung Yen Province.

He is a member of the Party Central Committee for the 11th, 12th, and 13th terms; a member of the Politburo for the 12th and 13th terms; and a National Assembly delegate for the 14th and 15th tenures.

He began his career at the Directorate for Political Protection I, then served as Deputy Director of Political Protection I and Director of Political Protection III, General Department of Security.

He later became the Director-General of the General Department of Security I and Deputy Minister of Public Security. He has been the Minister of Public Security since April 2016.

Lam is also the Deputy Head of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, chaired by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The NA on Monday voted Tran Thanh Man, 62 as its new chairman.

The election of new leaders followed the exit of former President Vo Van Thuong and former chairman of the NA Vuong Dinh Hue from their positions.

On March 20, the Central Party Committee granted Thuong's request to step down from his positions as president, member of the Politburo, member of the Central Party Committee, and chairman of the National Defense and Security Council.

On May 2, the National Assembly granted Hue’s personal request to step down as chairman, after the Central Party Committee approved his resignation.

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