Vietnamese president resigns over bribery scandal

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Vietnam (KHAM /)

The central committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam accepted this Tuesday the resignation of the president of the country, Nguyen Xuan Phucwho leaves office along with his posts in the leading bodies of the Party, the local press reported.

According to the newspaper Tuoi Tre, Phuc submitted his resignation after assuming responsibility for the involvement of senior members of his cabinet in a bribery scandal on repatriation flights during the pandemic.

Phuc, 69, becomes the first president to leave office before the end of his termwhich began just two years ago, after serving for five years as prime minister with great popularity for his management of the first year of COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

Phuc is a key leader of the country’s and state’s Communist Party, born into a traditionally “revolutionary” family, assigned by the Party Central Committee and the Politburo to many important Party and state posts.

Based on the current norms of Vietnam and due to the scandals that dot Phuc, the Central Committee of the Party agreed that the president should stop holding the positions of member of the Politburo, member of the Executive Committee. the XIII Central Committee of the Party, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Chairman of the National Security and Defense Council for the period 2021-2026.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigns over bribery scandal
Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned over a bribery scandal (POOL /)

Phuc before being elected as president of the country, held the positions of Prime Minister (2016 – 2021), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister – Head of Government Office, Deputy Head of Government Office, Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Inspector General of Government, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province.

Phuc’s resignation came after days of rumors that he was about to be fired in the middle of an important anti-corruption campaign which has led to the dismissal of several ministers.

Phuc “tendered his resignation from assigned posts, resigned from his job and retired,” the state news agency said. NAV.

Phuc’s sudden departure is a highly unusual move in the communist countrywhere political changes are typically carefully orchestrated with an emphasis on cautious stability.

His resignation follows the ouster of two deputy prime ministers this month in an anti-corruption purge that has led to the arrest of dozens of officials.

Phuc “took political responsibility as a leader when various officials, including two deputy prime ministers and three ministers, committed violations and shortcomings, leading to very serious consequences,” he said. NAV.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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