Vietnam’s top security official To Lam confirmed as President
   Date :23-May-2024

Vietnam’s top security official To Lam  
 
 
 
 
BANGKOK, 
 
 
 
VIETNAM’S top security official To Lam was confirmed on Wednesday as the nation’s new President. He oversaw police and Intelligence operations over a period when rights groups say basic liberties have been systematically suppressed, and its secret service was accused of violating international law. Lam was confirmed by Vietnam’s National Assembly after his predecessor resigned amid an ongoing anti-corruption campaign that has shaken the country’s political establishment and business elites and has resulted in multiple top-level changes in Government.
 
Vietnam’s presidency is largely ceremonial, but his new role as head of State puts the 66-year-old in a “very strong position” to become the next Communist Party General Secretary, the most important political position in the country, said Nguyen Khac Giang, an analyst at Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was elected to a third term in 2021, but at age 80, he may not seek another term after 2026. Trong is an an ideologue who views corruption as the gravest threat facing the party. As Vietnam’s top security official, Lam has led Trong’s sweeping anti-graft campaign.
 
Lam spent more than four decades in the Ministry of Public Security before becoming the Minister in 2016. His rise took place while Vietnam’s politburo lost of six of its 18 members amid the expanding anti-graft campaign, including two former presidents and Vietnam’s parliamentary head. Lam was behind many of the investigations into high-profile politicians, said Giang. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is seen as the other major contender to possibly succeed Trong, Giang said. The current vice-speaker of Vietnam’s Parliament was confirmed on Monday as the National Assembly speaker after his predecessor, Vuong Dinh Hue, resigned amid the anti-graft campaign.