Parliament approves Truong Tan Sang’s relief of Presidency

Thursday, 2016-03-31 22:25:16
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan bids farewell to President Truong Tan Sang. (Credit:
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NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) agreed to relieve Truong Tan Sang of the Presidency through secret ballot in the afternoon of March 31.

Among the 473 valid votes, 447 or 90.49% of the total NA deputies agreed to let him leave office.

Meanwhile, 458 of the 459 lawmakers casting votes (or 92.71% of the total number of deputies) approved a resolution dismissing him from the State leader position.

The resolution is valid after a new President is elected.

At the plenum, General Tran Dai Quang, who is a Politburo member and the Minister of Public Security, was nominated for the Presidency.

Quang was born on October 12, 1956 and currently serves as a NA deputy.

The new President will be elected by secret ballot on April 2.

Earlier on March 31, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected as the NA Chairwoman and became the first female parliament leader in Vietnam. She replaced Nguyen Sinh Hung, who stepped down from the post one day earlier.

The dismissal and election of top leaders are part of the agenda of the 11th and also the last meeting of the 13th parliament.