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NA re-elects State President

Released at: 16:40, 25/07/2016

NA re-elects State President

Photos: Duc Anh

Mr. Tran Dai Quang re-elected for 2016-2021 term with 98.18% of votes.

by Nguyen Ha

Vietnam’s 14th National Assembly (NA) re-elected Mr. Tran Dai Quang to the post of State President for the 2016-2021 term on July 25.

After receiving 98.18 per cent of votes Mr. Quang took an oath of office for the second time in just a few months. He was first elected to the post by the previous NA in April, receiving 98.92 per cent of votes.

“Under the national flag, I, the State President, swear to be totally loyal to the country, the people, and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to exert all my efforts in completing the tasks that the Party, State and the people have entrusted in me,” he said at the NA gathering.

Born in northern Ninh Binh province in 1956, Mr. Quang began his career as a security officer with the Ministry of Public Security in the 1980s before being promoted to Deputy Minister of Public Security in 2006.

He was a member of the Politburo in 2011 and was voted by the NA to the post of Minister of Public Security the same year. In April the 13th NA tenure voted him in as State President, replacing Mr. Truong Tan Sang.

“I will take care of building up and developing the nation’s armed forces so as to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, interests and national security, preserve the country’s political and social stability, and create a peaceful environment for further development,” he said.

On July 21 the 14th NA’s first session, which opened on July 20, re-elected Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as NA Chairwoman and voted on four vice chairs and the NA’s Standing Committee of 18 members.

The 494-member NA’s first session, which will last to July 29, will vote for the positions of Prime Minister and other offices before the session ends.

The current Prime Minister is Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was formerly a Deputy Prime Minister.

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