Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan has been appointed as an interim President of Vietnam after President Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned on Tuesday.
In accordance with Vietnam’s constitution, the National Assembly members vote for the President as the head of state, who could represent the country in both internal and external affairs.
When the President fails to fulfill responsibilities for an extended period, the Vice President steps in to serve as interim president until an official vote is cast by the assembly.
A member of the 12th and 13th Vietnamese Central Party Committee, Vo Thi Anh Xuan, 53, hails from the southern province of An Giang and has a master’s degree in Public Management. She was elected as the Vice President in April 2021.
Former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left his position as the state head, as well as a member of the Politburo and the committee early this week.
A statement released by the Central Party Committee said he was responsible for letting several officials, including two deputy prime ministers and three ministers, commit violations that had severe consequences.