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Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 20:42
Vietnamese party chief elected country's president
By Xinhua
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 20:42 By Xinhua

Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is sworn in as the country's president in Hanoi, Vietnam, Oct 23, 2018. (NGUYEN PHUONG HOA / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY / AP)

HANOI/BEIJING — Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), on Tuesday was elected president of Vietnam at the ongoing sixth session of the 14th National Assembly of Vietnam, the country's top legislature, Vietnam News Agency reported. 

Nguyen Phu Trong, born in 1944, holds a PhD in politics with specific field of party construction

After being elected president, Nguyen on Tuesday afternoon took the oath, which was broadcast live by Vietnam's national television VTV and Voice of Vietnam. 

Nguyen said he was both happy and worried. "I am happy because I have been trusted and loved by the National Assembly and assigned tasks. I am worried about how to fulfil the heavy tasks before the country," he said when taking the oath. 

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Later in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Nguyen on his election.

Xi said he attaches great importance to China-Vietnam ties.

Following the principle of "long-term stability, future-oriented, good-neighborliness and comprehensive cooperation" and in the spirit of "good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners," Xi said he is willing to work with Nguyen to take the chance of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation to enhance the political leadership of bilateral ties and promote the comprehensive strategic cooperation to a new high.

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Nguyen, born in 1944, holds a PhD in politics with specific field of party construction. 

He has been a member of the CPVCC's Political Bureau since 1997. He served as chairman of the National Assembly from 2006 to 2011. 

Nguyen was elected CPVCC general secretary in 2011, and re-elected general secretary in 2016. 

On Sept 23, two days after Vietnamese former president Tran Dai Quang passed way, Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh became acting president.

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