Vietnam Elects Police Chief to No. two Post of President

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 7:50 AM

Public Security Minister and police common Tran Dai Quang, fifty-nine, received four hundred thirty-six votes from four hundred sixty-five gathering members who cast their votes, the Communist government said on its website.

Vietnam'south police chief was elected Saturday by the National Gathering to become president — the second-highest post — and promised to "resolutely" defend the country'south sovereignty amid an ongoing territorial dispute with longtime rival China.

Public Security Minister and police common Tran Dai Quang, fifty-nine, received four hundred thirty-six votes from four hundred sixty-five gathering members who cast their votes, the Communist government said on its website.

In Vietnam, the president is the head of state and chief commander of the military, while the prime minister — to be chosen following week — oversees the economy. Party Common Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds the top job. Both men are members of the powerful 19-member committee that effectively rules the country.

After taking the oath of office, Quang vowed in a televised speech to "resolutely and perseveringly fight to firmly defend the country'south independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, the national interests and security."

Vietnam is locked in a territorial dispute with China in the S China Sea, and several gathering members have complained that the government hasn't taken a firm sufficient stand toward China and its growing territorial assertiveness in the region.

Quang also said he'd thrust ahead with the country'south Doi Moi economic reforms, and work to "strengthen Vietnam'south prestige and position in international arena."

Hailing from northern province of Ninh Binh, Quang rose through the ranks in the powerful Ministry of Public Security and was appointed minister five years ago. He was widely expected to become president after being re-elected to the Politburo at the Communist Party Congress in January. Four of the Politburo members were current or former senior police officials.

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