HANOI, March 2 – Vo Van Thuong has been elected as the new President of Vietnam today.
The National Assembly passed the resolution after he garnered 488 out of 488 votes at the election, according to Vietnam news agency (VNA).
Under the resolution, Thuong will serve as President of Vietnam in the 2021-2026 tenure.
Thuong, 53, is the youngest president in the country’s political history. He is also the youngest in the current 16-member Politburo of the Communist Party, Anadolu Agency reported.
He belongs to the southern province of Vinh Long and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy.
Addressing the swearing-in ceremony, Thuong swore allegiance to the fatherland, to the people, and to the constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Thuong previously served in different positions including party secretary of the HCMC district, standing secretary of the Central Committee, and party secretary of the central province of Quang Ngai. Later, he joined the Politburo in January 2016, becoming its youngest member, and was then assigned the position of head of the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party, according to VN Express, a Vietnamese online newspaper.