The freshly-concluded session of the National Assembly (NA) has been marked by a transition of the national leadership between the generations in the State apparatus. Indeed, the newly-elected political elite are made up of both old and young leaders, taking into account factors such as inheritance, stability, and development.
This latest change in leadership took place after the conclusion of the 13th National Party Congress and is anticipated to push forward Vietnamese development and elevate the country’s profile internationally.
Two and a half years on from taking the office of State President, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong officially transferred the post to newly-elected President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Elsewhere, Hanoi Party Committee Secretary Vuong Dinh Hue became Chairman of the NA, and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh took the helm of the Government.
The completion of these four leading positions in the political regime have been viewed by both domestic and foreign observers as a “unique choice” that is designed to strengthen the capability of each position, especially after a period of personnel work not following normal rules.
In his role as Party chief, General Secretary Trong will help to build an elite contingent of cadres who will carry on the Party building and rectification campaign, along with the anti-corruption drive which has recorded plenty of encouraging results in recent times.
Newly-elected President Phuc will take advantage of his previous experience as PM to expand and strengthen the country’s relations with its partners. In addition, he has left his successor a great legacy: Vietnam is currently among the 40 largest economies in the world and the fourth largest economy in Southeast Asia, with GDP per capita reaching US$3,500.
As successor to the post, PM Chinh is expected to promote administrative reform efforts, whilst streamlining the apparatus and attracting resources for national development by making use of the practical experience he has acquired in previous positions. The new PM is well regarded as an official that possesses a strategic vision, is assertive, and is determined to carry out drastic reform measures.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the NA Vuong Dinh Hue represents an experienced leader in the fields of economics and finance who is expected to work alongside the NA to make important decisions to continue the country’s strong economic development in the near future.
Taking the oath to the NA, the newly elected leaders are fully aware of their responsibility to both inherit and build upon recent achievements, whilst continuing to implement innovations to create more effective changes for the country over the coming years.
PM Pham Minh Chinh stated five priorities for the Government in the following term, with the primary focus on realising the 13th National Party Congress’ Resolution, perfecting the socialist-oriented market economy mechanism, vigorously renewing the growth model, and ramping up economic restructuring.
Worthy of note is that the majority of the new leaders in the National Assembly and the Government have trained through experience and in disadvantaged areas. Half of the latest Government lineup are new, with the youngest member in his 40s.
Vietnamese people and voters expect the legislative and executive bodies to be strong and to effectively implement directions set out at the 13th National Party Congress in order to build a rich, prosperous, democratic, fair, and civilised nation, whilst firmly protecting the Fatherland. The key goal is to transform Vietnam into a fully developed country by 2045 as a means of marking 100 years since independence.
The leadership transition took place at a time when the country has made great achievements over the past 35 years since carrying out the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, implementing an open foreign policy, and deeply integrating within the global economy. However, the current domestic and international context poses new challenges which require the new leadership to address.
During his inaugural address President Phuc likened the nation to a boat which is expected to deal with storms ahead in the ocean. He expressed his belief the new leadership will guide the nation through the stormy weather and land successfully. That is the expectation Vietnamese people and voters have on the leadership in order to make the “mighty Vietnam” dream come true in the coming decades.