The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, the country's top legislature, re-elected Nguyen Minh Triet as state president Tuesday morning.
Up to 98.78 percent of all NA deputies at the ongoing 1st session of the 12th NA voted for Triet, member of the Political Bureau under the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee ( CPVCC) and former Secretary of the Party Committee of southern Ho Chi Minh City.
After being re-elected, he said"I will share happiness of everybody, while sharing sorrow and pains of people. I will try my best to lessen the pains."
On Tuesday morning, he presented the list of people for the NA to vote for the posts of vice state presidents, prime minister, and heads of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuracy. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is expected to be re- elected on Wednesday.
The NA will approve prime minister's proposal on appointing deputy prime ministers, ministers and other cabinet members on August 2. The number of ministries and state agencies equivalent to ministries are expected to decrease to 22 from current 26.
During the session from July 19 to August 6, NA deputies are also to center discussions on some other important issues, including shortening the term of the 12th NA to 4 years from the current 5 years, and passing a bill on amendment to some articles of the Anti-Corruption Law.
Triet, born in 1942 in southern Binh Duong province, currently holds a bachelor degree on mathematics and another on high-level political theory from the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy. He joined the Communist Party of Vietnam in 1965.
Triet, who participated in revolutionary activities in the South of Vietnam between 1960 and 1970, held the post of secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in the 1975-1987 period, deputy secretary and then secretary of the Party Committee of southern Song Be province from 1988 to 1996.
Triet became deputy secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in 1997, and secretary of the committee in 2000. He has been member of the Political Bureau since 1998.
Between 1998 and 1999, Triet acted as chairman of the CPVCC's Commission for Mass Mobilization.