Related: Vietnamese President Nominates Vice President, PM
The ongoing first session of the 13th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, the country's top legislature, elected Truong Tan Sang as state president Monday afternoon.
Up to 97.4 percent of all 496 NA deputies voted for Sang, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and also permanent member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee.
After being elected, he said that under the leader of the Party and State, the 12th NA has gained fruitful achievements, the national unity has been improved.
Sang pledged to improve moral quality and study the example of the late President Ho Chi Minh to cooperate with the government to bring Vietnam to become a fully industrialized country by 2020, and to continue doing his best to fulfill his assignment under the 11th resolution of the party congress, building strong and perfect legal system, supplementing and amending 1992 Constitution.
Sang was born in 1949 in My Hanh commune, Duc Hoa district, southern Long An province. He has a bachelor of law. In 1991, he was elected member of the Party's Central Committee on 7th Congress. In the consecutive 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th congresses, he was member of the Politburo.
He was elected as permanent member of the Secretariat of the CPV Central Committee on the 10th Party Congress in 2006 and was re-elected in January 2011 on the 11th Congress.
Like former President Nguyen Minh Triet, Sang was Party Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee. He also held the positions of Head of the Central Economics Committee.
On Monday afternoon, Sang presented the list of people for the NA to vote for the posts of vice state president, prime minister, and heads of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuracy. The NA will vote for these positions on Tuesday.
The 1st session of the 13th NA is scheduled to last till Aug. 6 and it will spend 11 days to elect new government and state leaders.
Besides, NA deputies are also to center discussions on some other important issues, including the country's socio-economy in 2011, the program of law making in 2012, approval of the state budget expenditure, and establishment of the committee on the draft amendment and supplement of the 1992 Constitution.