The Vietnamese parliament on Thursday elected former deputy prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country’s new premier.
With 446 “yes” votes out of 490 valid ballots cast by the National Assembly (NA) deputies, Phuc was approved to be the new prime minister at the 11th session of the 13th NA.
The 61-year-old rises from deputy prime minister to head of a government tasked with continuing broad economic reforms and will rule the fast-growing nation for the next five years.
He replaces Mr Nguyen Tan Dung, who has served a maximum two terms in office and is no longer part of the Communist Party’s top brass.
“I swear to be absolutely loyal to the nation, the people and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” Phuc said.
He also pledged to make every effort to fulfil the duty assigned by the Vietnamese party, the state and the people.