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Vietnamese president resigns after corruption scandals

The President of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, presented his resignation on Monday after being marred by an alleged corruption scandal, in an unprecedented move that has also led to the expulsion of the decision-making bodies of the Communist Party.

The Central Committee of the Party has met this Monday to study the future of the president and has agreed to accept his resignation and “retire”, according to the official news agency, which implies a complete loss of the positions that he had been holding.

Phuc, 68, served five years as prime minister before being appointed president by the National Assembly in April 2021. Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan will serve as interim head of state until a successor is appointed.

His departure comes shortly after that of two other senior officials who resigned due to the investigations opened for alleged corruption in repatriation flights and in the manufacture of COVID-19 detection tests.

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