Vietnam’s prime minister looked set for a political exit after the Communist Party congress accepted his withdrawal from an internal election on Monday, sources said, ruling him out of a bid for the party leadership.
Speculation had been rife that premier Nguyen Tan Dung’s nomination for the party’s new central committee on Sunday signalled he was manoeuvring to challenge the politburo’s sole candidate for party chief, the incumbent Nguyen Phu Trong.
Dung’s withdrawal effectively ruled out a power bid because he would need to be a committee member to be elected to its politburo and rise to the top post.
Dung, 66, who has served two terms as premier, was overlooked by the elite politburo when it agreed on its nominations for four key leadership posts prior to the congress. Moves against its choices are rare.
Several party sources, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed to Reuters the congress had voted in favour of accepting Dung’s withdrawal, and that of President Truong Tan Sang. Read more