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National Assembly’s voting for Party chief Trọng to become President held today

Update: October, 23/2018 - 01:00
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng. — VNA/VNS Photo
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HÀ NỘI — National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân presented the NA Standing Committee’s nomination for the State President position, with Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng as the sole nominee.

The announcement was made on October 22 as the country’s legislative body convened its 6th sitting, with the Presidential vote one of the key tasks on its agenda.

NA Chairwoman Ngân said that starting from 8am ofnOctober 23, NA deputies will discuss the nomination for the head of state position in groups and the minutes of the group discussion will then be forwarded to the NA Standing Committee.

Afterwards, the NA deputies will go to the plenary hall to start the presidential voting process.

Per protocol, NA Standing Committee will first present the abovementioned minutes, listen to feedback from the plenary hall and incorporate them into their report.

NA deputies will then vote on the nomination list via an electronic voting process, which will be followed by casting their ballots for the President position.

The results of the vote will be publicly announced later the same day.

NA General Secretary Nguyễn Hạnh Phúc would present the draft resolution on the election of the President, followed by a vote of the NA to adopt the resolution.

Afterwards, the new State President will be sworn in before the country’s legislature with the ceremony broadcast live on television and radio.

On September 23, after the late President Trần Đại Quang passed away, the then Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh was assigned to temporarily serve as the acting President until the NA officially makes their choice on Quang’s successor.

The 8th plenum of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Việt Nam, which concluded on October 5, introduced General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng to become the State President for the 2016-21 tenure with 100 per cent endorsement.

Prior to the vote, NA deputies said that the nomination of the General Secretary was met with a favourable reception from the general public, who expect that the anti-corruption campaign, spearheaded by the Party chief himself, will become even more robust. — VNS

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