Vietnam’s Communist Party on Wednesday re-elected General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for a second term, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The news agency on Wednesday afternoon published a photograph showing Trong being surrounded by other delegates, with a caption saying that members of the Central Committee were congratulating him on his re-election.
Trong, 71, as well as other members of the decision-making body Politburo will be officially endorsed by the 12th National Party Congress on Thursday.
He is expected to lead the country over the next five years, alongside Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, who has been nominated for president, and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, nominated for prime minister. These nominations are expected to be approved by the National Assembly in May or June.
Trong, a Hanoi native, holds a Ph.D. in politics. He has been a member of the Politburo since 1997.
Earlier on Tuesday, delegates of the congress voted the new Party Central Committee with 180 official members and 20 alternate ones, after approving the withdrawal of 29 candidates from the election, including President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
The Party Central Committee is responsible for selecting the top officials.
The average age of the new committee’s 200 members is 53. It has 20 female members and 17 ethnic minorities.
The two youngest official members are Da Nang City’s Party chief Nguyen Xuan Anh and Kien Giang Province’s Party chief Nguyen Thanh Nghi. Both are 40 years old and hold doctoral degrees.