Vietnam Party chief says 'surprised' by reappointment, pledges corruption fight

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Nguyen Phu Trong, 71, has been re-elected as Vietnam's Communist Party chief. Photo: Thanh Nien Nguyen Phu Trong, 71, has been re-elected as Vietnam's Communist Party chief. Photo: Thanh Nien


Vietnam’s Communist Party has announced the official list of 19 members of the Politburo, the Party’s decision-making body, as the 12th National Congress concluded on Thursday.
The congress also officially announced that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has been re-elected for a second term.
Trong, born April 14, 1944, is the oldest member of the Politburo in the next five-year term.
Other members include National Assembly's vice chairwomen Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Tong Thi Phong, and Truong Thi Mai, chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee.
The youngest member is Vo Van Thuong, 46, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Unit. 
At an international press briefing in Hanoi on the same day, Trong said he was "surprised" that other Party members almost unanimously voted for him despite his age and health. He also said he is "concerned about the great responsibility."
Trong said the Party will continue to fight corruption and wastefulness and to focus on training the next generation of leaders. 
The Party will turn Vietnam into an industrialized and modernized country, he said. 
Other key Party officials have also been elected. 
Three members of the Party’s Secretariat are Nguyen Van Nen, Nguyen Hoa Binh and Luong Cuong.
Tran Quoc Vuong, who was in charge of the Party Central Committee’s office, is now chairman of the Party’s Inspection Commission.
 Newly elected Politburo members (L to R) Truong Hoa Binh, Vo Van Thuong, Pham Minh Chinh, Truong Thi Mai, Tran Quoc Vuong and Ngo Xuan Lich pose on the podium along with other new members of the Vietnam Communist Party's central committee at the closing ceremony on the final day of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party in Hanoi on January 28, 2016. Photo: AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam

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