Truong Tan Sang, the new President of Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI — Politburo member Truong Tan Sang was elected President of Viet Nam for the 2011-16 term with 487 votes or a 97.4 per cent majority at the first session of the 13th National Assembly yesterday.
In his first speech, Sang, 62, said he would do his best to serve the country.
"I fully understand that this is a great honour but at the same time a huge responsibility that the Party, the State and the people have given to me," said the law graduate.
The new President said that along with the Party and people, he would strive to implement the Resolution of the 11th Party Congress with a focus on building a strong country, maintaining a socialism-oriented market economy, reforming the growth model and restructuring the economy with the goal of helping Viet Nam become an industrialised country by 2020.
"Cultural, social and environmental fields will be developed in unison with economic development, especially pressing social issues," said Sang.
National defence and security, national sovereignty, political stability and social security also are key tasks during his presidential term.
Sang also read a statement nominating current Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh to continue their roles for the 2011-16 term.
Quang Ngai's provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Hoa Binh was nominated as head of the Supreme People's Procuracy.
Today the National Assembly will vote on those positions. — VNS