The National Assembly of Vietnam initiated its session in Hanoi today, in which the deputies will elect the new president of the country after the death last September of Tran Dai Quang for a virus disease.
The best positioned to become head of state is Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party and the only candidate nominated by the Party's governing body to replace Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, acting president since Quang's death.
If confirmed the election of Trong, 74 years, would break for the first time since the reunification of the country in 1976 the traditional balance of forces between the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the General Secretary of the Communist Party and the President of the National Assembly.
In addition to the broad executive power that already manages as head of the Party, Trong would be erected as commander in chief of the Army and would have prerogatives to appoint or dismiss the ministers, in addition to achieving greater international exposure.
Born in 1944 in Hanoi, he was general secretary of the Communist Party of the Vietnamese capital between 2000 and 2006 and afterwards presided over the National Assembly for two terms before his promotion to the national general secretariat in the 2016 Congress.