Vietnam's National Assembly on Saturday swore in Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security, as president, who promised to "push forward with comprehensive reforms" in the country.
Among the 481 valid votes, 452 - or 91.5 percent of the total 494 members of the unicameral house - elected Quang, 60, as the president.
A resolution approving Quang's presidency was also backed 93.12 percent of the NA deputies at the plenary session.
In the following swearing-in, the new president thanked the lawmakers for voting for him.
He vowed to “absolutely be loyal to the Fatherland, the People and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and make concerted efforts to fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, the State and the People.”
He also promised to devote himself to serving the Fatherland and the People, uphold the nation’s glorious traditions, and solidify the national great unity bloc, while adamantly and persistently protecting the country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
He will also push forward with comprehensive reforms and raising Vietnam’s stature and prestige in the international arena, so as to help ensure peace, national independence, democracy, and social progress in the world, the leader added.
At the ceremony, the newly-elected NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and former President Truong Tan Sang congratulated Tran Dai Quang on his election.