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Vietnam Communist Party to Nominate New President Next Week

  • Party chief ally Vo Van Thuong seen as the frontrunner
  • National Assembly expected to rubber-stamp committee’s choice
Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Photographer: Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

The top brass of Vietnam’s Communist Party will gather next week to nominate a new president following the abrupt resignation of Nguyen Xuan Phuc last month over revelations of widespread graft during his time as prime minister, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

The 172-member Central Committee will assemble in Hanoi next week for an extraordinary session to choose a candidate said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the press. The National Assembly is then expected to rubber-stamp the choice as early as March 1. The president is one of the nation’s top four political positions, with the most powerful role being the general secretary of the party.