|Nguyen Phu Trong (centre) is congratulated after being elected as General Secretary of Viet Nam's Communist Party for a second term. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's Communist Party has selected Nguyen Phu Trong as its General Secretary for a second term.
The newly-elected Party Central Committee convened the first plenum in Ha Noi yesterday and elected the Politburo, the Party General Secretary, the Secretariat, the Inspection Commission and the commission's head for the 12th tenure.
Earlier on January 26, the Congress elected 200 members to the Party Central Committee, including 180 official members and 20 alternate members.
Trong holds a Ph.D. in politics. He has been a member of the Politburo since 1997. He served as Chairman of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2011, and was elected as General Secretary of the Viet Nam Communist party in 2011.
Party Central Committee
The average age of the 12th Party Central Committee's 200 members is 53, according to a list announced by the congress on Tuesday.
A total of 1,510 delegates representing more than 4.5 million Party members are attending. The event aims to promote the building of a strong Party, using the strength of the entire nation and socialist democracy.
It must review the implementation of the Resolution of the 11th National Party Congress and three decades of Doi Moi (Renewal), drawing lessons and defining goals for the Party, public and army over the next five years.
One of the congress's tasks was to approve members of the new Party Central Committee (PCC) - the 12th iteration. The incoming group includes 20 female members and 17 from ethnic minority groups.
Re-elected members include seven from the 11th tenure Political Bureau, namely Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Vice Chairwomen Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Tong Thi Phong, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education Dinh The Huynh, and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.
Among the 180 official members, 26 are under 50, 142 others are between 51 and 60, and the remainder is above 61.
The two youngest official members are Da Nang Municipal Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Xuan Anh and Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thanh Nghi, who are both 40 and hold doctorate degrees. Meanwhile, the youngest alternate member is 38-year-old Le Quoc Phong, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee.
Among the 180 official members, 51 are secretaries of provincial and municipal Party committees and 17 are vice secretaries of provincial and municipal Party committees.
Also among the new members were three vice chairpersons of the National Assembly (NA), four heads of NA committees, and three heads and 14 deputy heads of the Party Central Committee's commissions.
The new PCC also consists of four deputy prime ministers, eight ministers and heads of ministerial-level agencies, and 24 deputy ministers.
Party Committee Secretary and Director-General of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi is among the 180 official members of the 12th Party Central Committee.
Overseas Vietnamese pin hopes on new Party leaders
Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic said the new leaders of the 12th Party Central Committee would work to push the country forward. About 65,000 Vietnamese currently live in the country.
Association of Vietnamese People in the Czech Republic President Hoang Dinh Thang said the 12th National Congress was a significant political event that would set goals for the nation.
Vietnamese at home and abroad expect the congress to be a success, he said.
In Algeria, much of the Vietnamese community has followed the event closely.
The congress is also expected to put forth more policies to support Overseas Vietnamese, said Pham Do Nhat Quang, head of the liaison committee for the Vietnamese community in Algeria.
Congratulations from international friends
By Monday, the congress received a total of 235 messages of congratulations from foreign parties, organisations, friends and diplomatic corps, according to the Secretariat of the Congress.
Of the figure, 38 messages hail from 16 political parties across Europe, America, the Middle-East and Africa. Twelve are from friendship organisations and international associations, and 10 from foreign embassies in Viet Nam. — VNS