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Vo Thi Anh Xuan serves as acting State President

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan now serves as acting State President after the 15th National Assembly (NA), at its sixth extraordinary session in Hanoi today, March 21, discharged Vo Van Thuong from the position of State President of Vietnam.

The NA’s Secretary General Bui Van Cuong made an announcement Thursday that Vo Thi Anh Xuan’s role as acting State President begins following the closure of the sixth extraordinary session of the 15th National Assembly this morning.

This is the second time in the 2021-2026 tenure that Xuan has been picked as acting President of Vietnam. In January 2023, she held the position of acting President for over a month before Vo Van Thuong was elected as State President, replacing Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

She holds this new position until the NA’s election of a new President.

Article 93 of the 2013 Constitution states: “When the State President is not in office for a long time, his or her Vice State President will serve as acting President.”

But “when the position of State President is vacated, the Vice State President will take over as acting President until a new President is elected by the NA.”

Vo Thi Anh Xuan was born in 1970 in Thoi Son Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province. She is a member of the 12th and 13th tenures of the Party Central Committee.

At the NA’s sixth extraordinary session today, presided over by NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, the leadership of the National Assembly discussed the proposal from the NA Standing Committee concerning the removal of Vo Van Thuong from the position of State President in the term 2021-2026 and the end of his responsibilities as a deputy of the 15th National Assembly.

Afterward, the National Assembly conducted a secret ballot and unanimously passed a resolution on the removal of Thuong from the post of State President.

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