Wo Thi Anh Xuan previously served as Vice President of Vietnam.
Vuong Dinh Hue, Speaker of the National Assembly of Vietnam, announced the temporary appointment of Vo Thi Anh Xuan, 53, who previously held the position of Vice President, to the post of President of the country.
According to the speaker of the Vietnamese parliament, the interim president will remain in office until the National Assembly elects a new leader for the country.
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who has led the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since spring 2021, resigned amid high-profile corruption scandals that erupted in connection with the campaign to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The former president himself is not accused of corruption, but it was under him that many officials who compromised left their posts, including two vice presidents and three ministers.
According to Vuong Dinh Hue, Phuc “took political responsibility” for his mistakes.
Thus, although prefixed with “interim”, Wo Thi An Xuan joins a cohort of female presidents, including: Moldovan President Maia Sandu, Georgia – Salome Zurabishvili, Trinidad and Tobago – Paula-Mae Weeks, ROC ( Taiwan) – Tsai Inven, Nepal – Bidhya Devi Bhandari and a number of other representatives of beauty, but, judging by the number in power, not such a weaker sex.
In the history of Vietnam, this is the second such precedent: in 2018, acting. The president there was Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.