Vietnam’s Parliament Chief’s Resignation Causes New Political Chaos


The head of Vietnam’s Parliament resigned on Friday, adding to the country’s recent political unrest. This is the latest high-profile government departure in the midst of an expanding anticorruption effort that has raised concerns about the stability of the nation.

Vietnam’s National Assembly chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, tendered his resignation on Friday following the Central Inspection Committee’s discovery of his violations of policies pertaining to Communist Party members. It occurred four days after his aide was taken into custody on allegations of power abuse, albeit it did not explain what these regulations were.

The Central Executive Committee claims that Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue’s transgressions and failings have damaged public perception and damaged the Party, the government, and his own reputation. The Vietnamese government made this claim in a Facebook post.

One of the “four pillars” of Vietnamese leadership, along with the president, prime minister, and leader of the Communist Party, was Mr. Hue, which made him a potential contender for the party’s leadership in the future. His resignation is expected to unsettle foreign investors who have been pouring money into Vietnam in recent years and increase official concerns about a growing power struggle ahead of an impending leadership transition in 2026.

Since 2021, Mr. Hue was the fourth member of the Politburo to quit or lose their job. Vo Van Thuong, the president, resigned last month after the Communist Party said he had broken its rules. His resignation marked the second presidential resignation in less than a year.

In Vietnam right now, the question is who will take over as Communist Party chairman from Nguyen Phu Trong. At eighty years old, Mr. Trong is regarded as being in poor health. In 2021, he was reappointed as general secretary for an unprecedented third five-year term.

Mr. Trong began the “blazing furnace” anticorruption drive in 2016 on the grounds that corruption could endanger the Communist Party’s continued existence. Thousands of party members have been fired, expelled from the party, or imprisoned at all levels of government; nevertheless, many have questioned whether some of these targets were part of a closed political system’s political cleansing.

It seems that Mr. Hue was well-liked by his peers. In October of last year, he garnered the greatest proportion of votes—91 percent—among the 44 members of the National Assembly in a vote of confidence.

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