Truong Tan Sang is sworn in as president. (Photo: Chinhphu.vn)
Vietnam’s National Assembly, which serves as the country’s chief legislative body, on April 2 elected General Tran Dai Quang
, minister of public security, as state president through secret ballot.
Mr. Tran Dai Quang reached the presidency with 436 “yes” votes out of 465 votes, representing an approval rate of 93.12%, according to the government’s website. His processor, Truong Tan Sang, was relived from duty on March 31.
He vowed “absolute loyalty to the nation, the people and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
became the first female parliament speaker on March 31 with unanimity, also through secret ballot.
The National Assembly will vote to relieve Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
from duty on April 6. His deputy Nguyen Xuan Phuc is expected to succeed him.