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January, 20 2011 13:00:00

Congress ends on high note

 

 
 
Inauguration of the newly elected Central Committee at the closing session of the National Party Congress yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo

Inauguration of the newly elected Central Committee at the closing session of the National Party Congress yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo

 
Former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh congratulates Nguyen Phu Trong on his election as new General Secretary. — VNA/VNS Photo

Former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh congratulates Nguyen Phu Trong on his election as new General Secretary. — VNA/VNS Photo

HANOI – Politburo member Nguyen Phu Trong has been elected as the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam for the next five-year term.

The election of the 67-year-old National Assembly chairman as the Party leader was announced by Politburo member Truong Tan Sang before the 11th National Party Congress ended its nine-day sitting in Ha Noi yesterday morning.

With almost 1,400 delegates in attendance at the congress, Sang also announced 14 new Politburo members (See list on Page 3).

Four new members of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat were also named. They are Ngo Xuan Lich, Truong Hoa Binh, Ha Thi Khiet and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Twenty-one members were selected for the 11th Committee's Inspection Commission, chaired by Politburo member Ngo Van D.

In his speech given to the congress, outgoing Party leader Nong Duc Manh said he believed the success of the congress would open a new stage of development on the road to building Viet Nam into a wealthy, democratic and civilised socialist country.

Manh also congratulated newly elected leaders, including new General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

He also said the congress and its elected leader would bring along "fresh vitality" for the entire Party, people and army to overcome challenges and difficulties in national construction and protection.

New Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who has served as the National Assembly chairman, said this was a great honour and encouragement to all new members of the Party Central Committee and Politburo.

Trong also acknowledged that new positions would bring them both advantages and hardships.

He attributed the country's recent achievements to combined contributions of the 10th Party Central Committee and Manh as its leader.

"The achievements and precious experiences from the previous term will serve as a firm foundation for further development of the country," Trong said.

He also promised to accomplish his new tasks in helping ensure Viet Nam becomes an industrialised nation by 2020, as set forth by the Congress's resolution.

Approval

The closing session, chaired by President Nguyen Minh Triet, also heard several other reports.

Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper and member of the Congress Secretariat, read a list of 18 foreign parties, organisations and friends who had sent congratulatory messages and letters to the Congress.

By the close of the session, the Congress had received 176 messages of congratulations from international political parties, organisations and friends.

On behalf of the Presidium and the entire Congress, President Nguyen Minh Triet expressed his respect and thanks to the friendship and co-operation that foreign political parties, organisations and friends had given to the Communist Party of Viet Nam.

He also said the Party affirmed its readiness to expand relations with other communist and worker parties, left-wing parties, ruling parties and other political parties, movements of national independence, revolution, progressives and friends around the world.

Ta Ngoc Tan, member of the Party Central Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review, member of the Congress Secretariat, read the full text of the Party Statute, which was amended and supplemented at the 11th Congress for approval.

All delegates voted for approval of the full Statute.

Ngo Van Du, head of the Congress Secretariat, also read the full text of the 11th Congress Resolution, which has also been approved by all delegates.

Heated, democratic

In another speech to close the Congress, new Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong said the Congress had "heated and democratic" debates and approved important documents, which are of "strategic significance" to the country's long-term development.

The documents include the Platform for National Construction for the Transitional Period towards Socialism (supplemented and developed in 2011), Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2011-20, guidelines and tasks for the next five years (2011-15) and the revised Party Statute.

Trong said the Party had determined to continue leading the country to reach the targets set at the Congress. The targets include enhancing Party leadership, promoting national synergy, boosting the doi moi (renewal) process and creating a foundation for Viet Nam to become a modern industrialised country by 2020.

Trong also said the 11th Party Central Committee members had good virtue and capacity to shoulder the duties assigned by the Party and people.

Trong urged Party organ-isations to thoroughly study the Congress Resolution and bring it into reality.

Meet the press

Newly elected Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a press conference with local and foreign reporters after the close of the Congress.

He told the press that the Congress, which has been under public scrutiny in recent days, had been successfully organised and achieved a good outcome.

"It is not simple to modify important documents such as the Platform or Party Statute because there have been numerous debates on these issues, but the changes were finally endorsed," Trong said.

He also said Party personnel received special attention from the public and media.

"That proves there is a democratic atmosphere," Trong said.

Responding to a query on whether question-and-answer sessions would be carried out within Party meetings, such as those at National Assembly sittings, Trong said as part of the development requirement, Q-and-A sessions would be promoted in the future.

The Party leader also told reporters he would devote special attention to Party building and national solidarity during his term. — VNS

Biography of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong

– Born on April 14, 1944.

– Home land: Dong Hoi Commune, Dong Anh District, Ha Noi.

– Became full member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) on December 19, 1968.

– Education: Professor, PhD in Politics, MA in Literature-Linguistics; High-level political theory certificate holder

– Current positions: Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Committee of the National Assembly, National Assembly Chairman.

Summary of professional career

January 19, 2011: elected as Party General Secretary

June 2006 to date: Secretary of the Party Committee of the National Assembly, National Assembly Chairman

May 2002 to date: Deputy to the National Assembly, 11th and 12th Legislatures.

January 2000 to June 2006: Secretary of the Party Committee of Ha Noi (12th, 13th and 14th tenures).

November 2001 to August 2006: Chairman of the CPVCC's Theory Council, in charge of the Party's theoretical work.

August 1999 to April 2001: Permanent member of the Politburo.

March 1998 to November 2001: Vice chairman of the CPVCC's Theory Council.

February 1998 to January 2000: In charge of the Party's Ideological-Cultural and Scientific-Educational Affairs.

December 1997 to date: Member of the Politburo of the CPVCC (8th, 9th and 10th tenures).

August 1996 to February 1998: Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Ha Noi, and Head of the Ha Noi municipal Party Committee's delegation in charge of universities.

January 1994 to date: Member of the CPVCC (7th, 8th, 9th and 10th tenures).

August 1991 to August 1996: Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review.

May 1990 to July 1991: Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review.

March 1989 to April 1990: Member of the Editorial Board of the Communist Review.

July 1985 to December 1991: Deputy Secretary and then Secretary of the Party Committee of the Communist Review.

September 1987 to February 1989: Head of the Party Building Department, the Communist Review.

August 1983 to August 1987: Deputy head of the Party Building Department, the Communist Review.

September 1981 – July 1983: Associate PhD student in historical science (Party building major) at the Academy of Social Sciences of the Soviet Union.

May 1976 – August 1981: Sub-editor of the Communist Review, deputy secretary of the Party cell at the magazine.

September 1973 – April 1976: Post-graduate at the Political Economy Faculty of the high-level Nguyen Ai Quoc Party School (now the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration).

December 1967-August 1973: Sub-editor of the Communist Review.

1963-1967: Studied at the Literature-Linguistics Faculty of the University of Ha Noi.


 The other 13 Politburo members
 
Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member of the CPVCC, permanent member of the CPVCC's Secretariat

Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member of the CPVCC, permanent member of the CPVCC's Secretariat

 
Phung Quang Thanh, Politburo member of the CPVCC, General, Minister of National Defence

Phung Quang Thanh, Politburo member of the CPVCC, General, Minister of National Defence

 
Nguyen Tan Dung, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Prime Minister

Nguyen Tan Dung, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Prime Minister

 
 
Nguyen Sinh Hung, Politburo member of the CPVCC and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister

Nguyen Sinh Hung, Politburo member of the CPVCC and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister

 
Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC, General, Minister of Public Security

Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC, General, Minister of Public Security

 
Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee

Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee

 
 
To Huy Rua, Politburo member, Secretary of the CPVCC, Director of the CPVCC Commission for Communication and Education

To Huy Rua, Politburo member, Secretary of the CPVCC, Director of the CPVCC Commission for Communication and Education

Pham Quang Nghi, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee

Pham Quang Nghi, Politburo member of the CPVCC, Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee

 
Tran Dai Quang, member of the CPVCC, Lieutenant General, Deputy Minister of Pubic Security

Tran Dai Quang, member of the CPVCC, Lieutenant General, Deputy Minister of Pubic Security

 
 
. Tong Thi Phong, Secretary of the CPVCC, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly

Tong Thi Phong, Secretary of the CPVCC, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly

 
Ngo Van Du, member of the CPVCC's Secretariat and Head of the CPVCC Office

Ngo Van Du, member of the CPVCC's Secretariat and Head of the CPVCC Office

 
Dinh The Huynh, member of the CPVCC, Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper

Dinh The Huynh, member of the CPVCC, Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper

 
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, member of the CPVCC, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, member of the CPVCC, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office.

 

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