Truong Tan Sang elected Vietnamese state president

16:51, July 25, 2011      

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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, "I pledge to improve my 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 2015."

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.

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