(From Reuters)

Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts.

Tran Dai Quang (C) stands with Communist Party’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Politburo member Dinh The Huynh (L) in this file photo

Quang’s approval was a formality since he was the only candidate put forward by the party’s five-yearly congress in January. The outgoing National Assembly is overseeing the transition to a new government three months earlier than scheduled.

Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by a triumvirate of president, prime minister and Communist Party chief, although experts say the presidency is more ceremonial than the other posts.

The party runs Vietnam’s complex political system by consensus, with big decisions reached in secret by its 19-member politburo.

Quang, 59, is a police general who hails from the ministry of public security, an organization with broad powers and a remit that includes intelligence gathering and thwarting domestic and foreign threats to the party. Read More

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