Before the election of the country's leader, there was a dispute between the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam, which held a meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020, talks intensified about who will fill the top leadership. This will determine the fate of the nation in the next five years.
A statement from the government revealed the latest plenary session will include discussions of "private documents" to decide who will hold the most important office, which will be formally assigned to the Communist Party Congress in January 2021.
The congress will shape the policy for the next five years after Vietnam's President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party's Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, appears to lead the anti-corruption movement.
"It doesn't matter who is chosen as the new leader, there will be more continuity than change, and Vietnam will maintain its current system," said Le Hong Hiep, a researcher at Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute.
Now Vietnam's National Assembly has confirmed the nomination of Pham Minh Chinh, a career security official, as the Southeast Asian nation's next prime minister. Chinh will replace former prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who on Monday (5/4/2021) was confirmed as the new president of Vietnam.
Chinh, 62, was the only candidate nominated by the ruling Communist Party for the post at a congress earlier this year. He won 96.25 percent of the vote in the official National Assembly vote on Monday.
As proclaimed by The New Daily, he was previously the chairman of the party's powerful and influential Central Organization Commission, which has long reached out to all levels of the party. Chinh has also served as party chairman in the northern province of Quang Ninh and deputy head of the Ministry of Public Security, the country's powerful internal security agency.
Vietnam does not have the most important rulers and is officially ruled by four "pillars": the powerful Communist Party General Secretary, president, governing prime minister and chairman of the National Assembly.