Trần Đại Quang is Vietnam’s new President
Vietnam has a new President. Actually it isn’t such a great surprise because Trần Đại Quang was the only candidate in this one party Communist state and received 91.5% of the vote (452 of 494 possible votes) of the National Assembly.
Although the president is the head of state the position has not always been the top post in the higher echelons of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and currently Trần Đại Quang is ranked second to General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng.
Trần Đại Quang (59) has a Ph.D. in Law from Hanoi Law University and a Master’s in Chinese. He went on to the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. He joined the Communist Party in July 1980. By 1987 he was Head of staff office and Head of professional office, Political Protection Department II, under the Ministry of Home Affairs (now Ministry of Public Security). Climbing up through the ranks he became Deputy Minister of Public Security in April 2006 and Minister of Public Security in August 2011 when he also joined the politburo. As Minister of Public Security he was promoted to Senior Lieutenant General (2011) and General (2012). He was elected president and sworn in on Saturday 2nd April 2016.