Vietnam nominates public security minister To Lam for new president, says state media


To Lam, 66, has been Vietnam's public security minister since 2016 and has taken a hard line on human rights movements in the communist country. - Photo: Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI (AFP): Vietnam's Communist Party has nominated public security minister To Lam to be the country's new president, state media said Saturday, after his predecessor resigned as part of a sweeping anti-graft purge.

The party's central committee had agreed to "the nomination of Comrade To Lam, Politburo member, Minister of Public Security to be elected as President," the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Lam, 66, has been public security minister since 2016 and has taken a hard line on human rights movements in the communist country.

His nomination follows Vo Van Thuong's resignation in March after just one year as president, becoming the latest high-profile leader to fall in the anti-corruption drive.

Tran Thanh Man, 61, was also nominated as the new head of Vietnam's rubber-stamp National Assembly, state media said, becoming one of the country's four most powerful leaders.

Man, currently the national assembly's deputy chairman, succeeds Vuong Dinh Hue, who asked to step down last month because of "violations and shortcomings".

Thousands of people -- including top officials and senior business leaders -- have been caught up in the South-East Asian country's "blazing furnace" crackdown on graft, led by Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. - AF

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