Deputy PM elected new Vietnamese parliament speaker

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Vietnam's standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung was Saturday elected Chairman of the 13th National Assembly, winning 91.4 percent of votes from the assembly deputies.


The newly voted parliament leaders also announced the nomination of Truong Tan Sang, a permanent member of the Secretariat of the Party's Central Committee, as the new President.


65-year-old Nguyen Sinh Hung, hailing from the northern province of Nghe An, has been an NA deputy for 14 consecutive years and member of Party Central Committee for four consecutive terms.


Before becoming the Deputy PM, Hung had served as head of the State Treasury, then as the Deputy Minister and Minister of Finance. Hung holds a doctorate degree in economics.


Four deputy chairperson positions in the National Assembly were filled by three incumbents - Tong Thi Phong, Uong Chu Luu and Huynh Ngoc Son, and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.


The newly formed parliament also appointed 17 members of its Standing Committee, including two members of the Politburo, a secretary of the Party Central Committee and 11 members of the committee.


Presidential nominee Sang, 62, hails from the Mekong Delta's Long An Province. He has been an NA deputy for four terms, including this one.


He was formerly head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Department and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party unit.


Official selection results for the post of the nation's President will be announced on Monday.


The first session of the 13th National Assembly opened Thursday and is set to close on August 6.


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