The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 28 announced the list of the new 19-member Politburo, comprising the highest-ranking officials of the country.
The Politburo is headed by Nguyen Phu Trong, 72, who has been re-elected as party chief for his second term.
The new Politburo also includes other six incumbents namely Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy National Assembly Chairwomen Tong Thi Phong and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Public Security Minister Tran Dai Quang, Head of Publicity and Education Commission Dinh The Huynh and Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan.
Incumbent Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is not on the list, as the recently-concluded approved his withdrawal.
The 12 newcomers include Deputy Prime Ministers Hoang Trung Hai and Pham Binh Minh, General Ngo Xuan Lich, head of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Van Binh, and Transport Minister Dinh La Thang.
Tran Quoc Vuong, incumbent head of the CPV Office, has been elected as the head of the Inspection Commission.
The average age of the new Politburo is 59.7 years, and ranges from 72 years (Nguyen Phu Trong) to 46 (Vo Van Thuong). Of the 19 members, 11 (58%) are from northern provinces, four (21%) are from central Vietnam, and four (21%) are southerners.
The National Assembly, the country’s supreme legislative body, will convene a plenary session this summer to elect key positions such State president, prime minister and National Assembly chairperson.
Tran Dai Quang, Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan are expected to be nominated for the respective posts, according to Vu Trong Kim, vice chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front.