Vietnam’s new president to take office late to dodge April Fools’ Day: lawmakers


The election of the Vietnamese state president for the 2016-20 tenure will be carried out one day late to avoid having the new head of state take his oath on April Fools’ Day.

The new president will be named on Saturday, instead of Friday as originally planned, to prevent the new position from vowing on the international lying day, some members of the National Assembly told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.During a meeting session on Thursday afternoon, members of the legislative body relieved State President Truong Tan Sang of his post as his term had ended.The dismissal received a 90.49 percent approval rating after 447 out of 474 attending delegates cast their votes.The National Assembly issued a resolution to officially remove Sang from his position after the vote but the resolution will only come into effect after a new head of state is announced on Saturday, meaning Sang still holds the office on Friday to save the country a ‘power vacuum.’Sang, born in 1949, was elected State President of Vietnam on July 25, 2011.He was previously a standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, head of the Central Economic Committee, and chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, among other positions.    The nominee for State President for the 2016-20 tenure, incumbent Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, was also presented to the National Assembly on Thursday.After thorough discussion, the delegates reached a high level of consensus on the recommendation and are scheduled to cast their votes for the new state president on Saturday morning.

Quang, a doctor of law, was born on October 12, 1956 in the northern province of Ninh Binh.The Vietnamese official was previously the Deputy Minister of Public Security and a member of the Party Central Committee for several terms.

Quang is currently a member of the 2016-20 National Assembly and the Politburo, the most powerful panel in the Vietnamese Party.The lawmaking body on Thursday appointed its vice chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, for the next five-year term. She is the first-ever woman to hold the position.

Receiving a 95.5 percent approval rating, Ngan made an oath of allegiance to the country, people, and constitution following the appointment.

Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung is also slated to step down from his position on April 6 before a new prime minister is elected the next day, according to the agenda of the National Assembly’s plenary meetings for March 21 and April 12.

His deputy, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has been tipped to be the successor.The State President, Prime Minister, and National Assembly Chairperson, along with the Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, are the four most powerful positions in the Vietnamese political system.Nguyen Phu Trong has already been announced as the new tenure’s Party chief during the National Party Congress in late January, after he was re-elected for a second term.

Source: Tuoi Tre New

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