NDO/VNA – Nguyen Xuan Phuc was elected as State President of Vietnam for the 2021-2026 tenure on July 26
HCMC – The 15th National Assembly (NA), at its third extraordinary session in Hanoi this afternoon (January 18), agreed to discharge Nguyen Xuan Phuc from the post of State President of Vietnam, reported the local media.
Just four days before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, Tet, the NA Standing Committee called this extraordinary session to consider releasing Nguyen Xuan Phuc from the post of State President in the 2021-2026 tenure and revoking the status of membership in the 15th NA from him.
NA deputies met in groups to discuss the matter and most of the deputies voted for the discharge of Phuc through a secret ballot.
The half-day extraordinary session concluded late in the afternoon.
A day earlier, the 13th Party Central Committee (PCC) approved [url=] to quit as Politburo member, PCC member, State President of Vietnam, and Chairman of the Council for National Defense and Security in the 2021-2026 tenure.
As Phuc tendered his resignation, the PCC called an extraordinary meeting in Hanoi to consider his request pull out of all his Party and State positions.
According to the PCC, in his capacity as prime minister in the 2016-2021 tenure, he produced important results in the leadership, instruction and management of the country’s Covid-19 pandemic prevention and control effort. However, as head of government, he was held politically responsible because multiple officials, including two deputy prime ministers and three ministers, committed serious wrongdoing and violations.
Fully aware of his responsibility before the Party and the public, Phuc tendered his resignation.
He was elected State President on April 5, 2021. Before that, he served as Prime Minister (2016-2021), Deputy PM, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office, Vice Chairman of the Government Office, Deputy Head of the Government Inspectorate, and Chairman of Quang Nam Province.