Vietnam's new president to be sworn in today

By Son Ha   May 21, 2024 | 04:37 pm PT
Vietnam's new president to be sworn in today
General To Lam, Minister of Public Security. Photo by National Assembly Media
The National Assembly will conduct a ballot to elect the president and dismiss General To Lam, the presidential candidate, from his current position of Minister of Public Security on Wednesday morning.

After the voting results are announced, the new president will be sworn in.

The NA will then proceed with the process of approving the dismissal of Lam from the position of Minister of Public Security.

First, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will present a report explaining and incorporating the feedback from NA members during the discussion session held the previous afternoon. Then, Lam will give a speech before the delegates conduct a secret ballot to approve his dismissal.

Also in the morning session, the NA will approve Tran Thanh Man as a member of the National Defense and Security Council. Two days earlier, Man, 62, was elected as the new NA chairman.

The Central Party Committee last Saturday recommended Lam, a Politburo member, for the NA to elect as president.

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.

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