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Vietnam parliament’s Thursday meeting fuels leadership speculation

Vietnam’s parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Thursday to discuss ‘personnel issues,’ according to a letter sent to legislators and seen by Reuters.

The news agency quoted Vietnamese officials and diplomats as saying the resignation of President Vo Van Thuong may be on the agenda.

Radio Free Asia’s  call to Vietnam’s foreign affairs ministry to confirm details of the meeting went unanswered.


The session comes after Vietnam canceled a state visit by the Dutch King and Queen planned for March 19-22, due to unspecified “internal circumstances,” according to a statement from the Dutch Royal House.

President Thuong has only been in the job for a year. He was appointed in March, 2023, after a special meeting of the National Assembly two months earlier saw the sudden resignation of then president Nguyen Xuan Phuc who took responsibility for a series of major COVID scandals.

The Vietnamese presidency is largely a ceremonial role.

Translated by RFA Vietnamese. Edited by Mike Firn and Taejun Kang.


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