Viet Nam has gotten its first female president, even if it is only for a short while. 61-year old Dang Thi Ngoc Thin, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam became acting president on the death of President Tran Dai Quang on September 21, 2018.
Thin, a long-time member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) is a member of the party central committee, a deputy chief of the party central office and former VP of the Viet Nam Women’s Union. She was elected vice president on April 8, 2016 with 91% of the vote.
Viet Nam’s National Assembly will meet on October 22, and in all likelihood confirm 74-year-old Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam as the country’s next president.
It now looks as if Trong will hold both the office of president and his present post. This is not without precedent, but unusual of late. This would mean that Trong would hold two of the four top jobs in Viet Nam’s communist government.