10/05/2018, 16.00
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Nguyễn Phú Trọng like Ho Chi Minh as Vietnamese president and party leader

Vietnamese President Trần Đại Quang died on 21 September after a long illness. Đặng Thị Ngọc Trinh became acting president, Vietnam’s first female head of state. Conservative and the regime’s strongman, the 74-year-old Trọng is behind a major crackdown against corruption. He is expected to take office in a few weeks.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party (Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam) has nominated its General Secretary, Nguyễn Phú Trọng (pictured), for the post of President of Vietnam. Now his nomination goes to the National Assembly for approval, a foregone conclusion.

When elected, Trọng will become the first Vietnamese leader to hold the titles of party general secretary and president of the country since founding president and revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.

Truong will replace President Trần Đại Quang who died on 21 September after a long illness. Currently, Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Trinh is acting president, the first woman one to become Vietnam’s head of state.

Two days ago, the government posted a statement online announcing that "the Central Committee agreed unanimously to propose that the National Assembly vote on the nomination of comrade Nguyễn Phú Trọng."

A conservative, Trọng is the communist regime’s strongman. During his second term as party chief, the 74-year-old launched a tough crackdown against corruption that saw high-ranking party and state officials and a politburo member brought to trial over allegations of financial mismanagement and embezzlement.

However, holding two posts at the same time could lead to internal political conflict.

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