Biography of new State President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Politburo member Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been elected President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam during the current 11th session of the 14th National Assembly held in Hanoi.

Phuc, 67, received more than 97 percent of the votes at a plenary session on Monday morning to become the 11th president since 1945, when President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

This is the first time in history that the NA elected an incumbent prime minister as the state president, according to Vietnam News Agency.

The state president is the country's top representative in both internal and external affairs; and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.


Nguyen Xuan Phuc is sworn in as new State President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Ha Noi, April 5, 2021. Photo: VGP

BIOGRAPHY OF STATE PRESIDENT NGUYEN XUAN PHUC

Date of birth: July 20, 1954

Native place: Que Phu Commune, Que Son District, Quang Nam Province

Position:

- Member of the Political Bureau in 11th, 12th and 13th tenures

- Member of the Party Central Committee in the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th tenures

- Prime Minister

- Deputy to the National Assembly in 11th, 13th and 14th tenures

Working history

1966 – 1968

Going to revolutionary base and then was taken to the north for education

1968 – 1972

Student at high school, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union unit of the school

1973 – 1978

Student at Hanoi National Economics University (NEU), Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union unit

1978 – 1979

Official of Economic Management Board of Quang Nam – Da Nang Province

1979 – 1993

Official; Deputy Chief; Chief of the Office of Quang Nam – Da Nang Provincial People’s Committee; Secretary of the Party committee of the Office; Member of the Party Committee of the bloc of mass organisations, political and party agencies of Quang Nam-Da Nang in 1st and 2nd tenures. Studying state administrative management at the National Academy of Public Administration.

1993 – 1996

Director of the Tourism Department and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Furama Da Nang Resort; Director of the Planning and Investment Department of Quang Nam-Da Nang ; Member of the provincial Party Committee in 15th and 16th tenures.

1997 – 2001

Member of the standing board of the Quang Nam Provincial Party Committee in 17th and 18th tenures; Deputy Chairman and later Standing Deputy Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee and Head of the Management Board of Quang Nam Industrial Zones; member of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Council in 6th tenure and chairman of the alliance of cooperatives of Quang Nam.

2001 – 2004

Deputy Secretary of the Quang Nam Provincial Party Committee; Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee, Secretary of the Party organisation of the 6th Provincial People’s Committee; Deputy to the 11th National Assembly, head of the province's delegation of National Assembly deputies; member of the 11th National Assembly’s Economic and Budgetary Committee; President of Union of Science and Technology Associations of Quang Nam

2004 – 2006

Deputy Secretary of the Quang Nam Provincial Party Committee; Chairman of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee, Secretary of the Party organisation of the Provincial People’s Committee in the 7th tenure; member of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Council in the 7th tenure; deputy to the National Assembly and member of the National Assembly’s Economic and Budgetary Committee deputy in the 11th tenure.

March 2006 – May 2006

Deputy Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate; Elected to the Party Central Committee at the 10th National Party Congress.

June 2006 – August 2007

Member of the 10th Party Central Committee; Permanent Vice Chairman of the Government Office, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Government Office; Member of the 11th National Assembly’s Economic and Budgetary Committee.

August 2007 – January 2011

Member of the 10th Party Central Committee; Secretary of the Party Committee of the Government Office; Minister - Chairman of the Government Office; Member of the Party Committee of the Government; Member of the Party Committee of the Party organisation of Central Agencies’ Bloc; Head of the Prime Minister’s Task Force for Administrative Procedure Reform.

January 2011 – July 2011

Member of the 11th Politburo; Member of the Party Committee of the Government; Secretary of the Party Committee and Minister - Chairman of the Government Office.

August 2011 – April 2016

Member of the 11th and 12th Politburo; Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Government, Deputy Prime Minister; Chairman of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee; Head of the Steering Committee for the North-west Region; Head of the Government’s Steering Committee for Crime Prevention and Control; Head of the National Steering Committee for Prevention and Control of Smuggling and Trade Fraud; Head the Government’s Steering Committee for Administrative Procedure Reform; Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee; Vice Chairman of the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control; Vice Chairman of the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform.

April 2016 – July 2016

Member of the 12th Political Bureau; Secretary of the Party Committee of the Government; Prime Minister in the 2011-2016 tenure; Vice Chairman of the Council for National Defence and Security; member of the Central Military Commission’s Standing Board; member of the standing board of the Central Public Security Party Committee; Chairman of the State Steering Committee on the East Sea and Islands; Head of the National Steering Committee on International Integration; Chairman of the Central Council for Emulation and Rewards; Chairman of the National Council for Education and Human Resources Development.

July 26, 2016

Elected Prime Minister for the 2016 – 2021 tenure at the first session of the 14th National Assembly.

January 30, 2021

Elected as member of the 13th Party Central Committee in the 2021-2026 tenure at the 13th National Party Congress.

January 31, 2021

Elected to the Political Bureau in the 2021-2026 tenure at the first plenum of the 13th Party Central Committee.

April 5, 2021

Elected as State President of Vietnam

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc took the oath

While taking the oath of office on April 5, newly-elected State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that Vietnam will continue to make new miracles on the foundation of the nation’s glorious tradition, turning the country into a prosperous and strong one.

Declaring his absolute loyalty to the Fatherland, the people and the Constitution, the new President pledged that he will do his best to fulfill his duties while coordinating closely with relevant agencies, and listening to people’s aspirations.

He asserted that in the time to come, Vietnam will face opportunities and challenges at the same time, but he believes that under the leadership of the Party and with the mettle and brainpower of Vietnamese people as well as the strength of the national great unity bloc and support from international friends, Vietnam will overcome all difficulties and successfully fulfil targets set by the 13th National Party Congress.

The President expressed warm sentiments and respect to soldiers and public security officers who are safeguarding peace for the people, and the border and islands of the country.

He also thanked Governments, people and friends around the globe, underlining that “we are always a good friend and trustworthy partner of all of you.”

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