Vietnam named Pham Minh Chinh, head of the Central Organization Commission of the Communist Party, as the country’s new prime minister on Monday.
The National Assembly has passed a resolution appointing Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country’s next president.
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The Vietnam National Assembly (NA) adopted a resolution on the election of Pham Minh Chinh as the Prime Minister of the country for the 2016 – 2021 tenure on April 5 afternoon.
The resolution won over the support of 462 of the 466 legislators present at the sitting, equivalent to 96.25 percent of the total NA deputies, and took effect immediately after the adoption.
Earlier, legislators elected the new Prime Minister by secret ballot, according to local media the People.
“I, as the prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, swear absolute loyalty to my country, my people and the Constitution, while striving to complete the missions entrusted to me by the party, the government and the people,” Chinh said in his inauguration ceremony.
Pham Minh Chinh, born on December 10, 1958, is a member of the Party Central Committee in the 11th, 12th and 13th tenures, a Politburo member in the 12th and 13th tenures, Secretary of the Party Central Committee in the 12th tenure, Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission and head of the committee’s sub-committee for internal political protection in the 12th tenure, an NA deputy in the 14th tenure, and Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group of the 14th NA, the People reported.
Earlier on the same day, outgoing Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was confirmed as the new president, a predominantly ceremonial role.
Vietnam has a “four pillar” leadership structure made up of general secretary, prime minister, president and NA chair.
Nguyen Phu Trong is serving his third term as general secretary, while former minister of finance and ex-deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue is now the chairman of the National Assembly.