General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: "What I do not polish myself"

Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong has been re-elected as the General Secretary of the Party Central Committee for the 2021-2026 term. 

This is the sixth time he has been elected to hold key positions of the Party and the State. Every time he was elected, Mr Trong in his inauguration speech has always demonstrated humility, sincerity and character of a communist.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong: 'What I do not polish myself'

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the press conference after the closing ceremony of the 13th National Party Congress on February 1.

Fifteen years ago, on June 26, 2006, Mr. Trong, Hanoi’s Party chief at that time, was elected as Chairman of the National Assembly.

Addressing his inauguration at the Ba Dinh hall at that time, Mr. Trong sincerely thanked the National Assembly for electing him as Chairman of the National Assembly. "This is a great honor and a very heavy responsibility for me," he said.

“For me, entering into a new field of work will inevitably encounter many difficulties. I find myself still limited, both in terms of knowledge and experience. Therefore, I hope to receive active help from the members of the National Assembly; the close cooperation of the comrades in the National Assembly Standing Committee; the regular coordination of concerned agencies and organizations; and the support of voters and people nationwide.”

“I am very touched to know that comrade Nguyen Van An, the former Chairman, who has made a lot of contributions to renewing the activities of the National Assembly in recent years, is willing to share experiences with me and help me," said Nguyen Phu Trong, Chairman of the 11th National Assembly.

He also promised to overcome difficulties, do his best to study and practice, preserve moral qualities, succeed in the duties of the comrades who went ahead, and join National Assembly deputies and its agencies to continue to innovate and improve the quality of the National Assembly's operations, so that the National Assembly is increasingly worthy of being the highest body of State power and the highest representative agency of the people, meeting the requirements of the revolution in the new phase.

On July 23, 2007, Mr. Trong was re-elected to be the National Assembly Chairman of the new term.

Addressing his inauguration, Chairman of the 12th National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong affirmed: “In the course of implementing my duties, under the leadership of the Party and the 12th National Assembly Standing Committee, I will personally cooperate closely with the President, the Prime Minister, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuracy, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the bodies of the National Assembly, and members of the National Assembly, to strive to fulfill well the assigned tasks, to meet the expectations of the people."

At that time, Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong also promised to stand side by side with the members of the National Assembly, giving all his abilities and efforts to strive to improve the sense of responsibility to the Party and perform well the tasks that the 10th National Party Congress had proposed.

Particularly, he committed firmly to fight against corruption; strive to further improve the legislative and supervisory capacity of the National Assembly, renew working methods, resolutely struggle with manifestations of bureaucracy; and regularly keep contact with the people to deserve to be the agency representing the will and aspirations of the people.

On January 19, 2011, the 11th Party Central Committee elected Mr. Trong as the Party Secretary General for the 2011-2015 term.

At the press conference right after that, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sincerely and frankly spoke. Asked which country he will pay a visit to first, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said: "To be honest, I have just taken office as the General Secretary. I’m still unfamiliar when you call me the General Secretary. I have not thought about where to visit yet. Perhaps I will have to do it later. The Foreign Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will prepare it. Moreover, I have to be invited to pay a visit to other countries."

When referring to the fields that he wished to make his mark in, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said: "When I do anything, I do not think about the purpose of making a mark, not to polish myself. It is the responsibility of Party members and cadres to seriously implement the resolutions of the Party. It is good to perform the Party's resolutions well."

 

At the inauguration ceremony, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong thanked delegates for their trust to elect him to the highest position of the Party, with great responsibility, and affirmed that the Politburo would try to overcome all challenges in the coming time.

"The 12th Party Central Committee promises to work together with the entire Party and the people to promote the glorious tradition, strengthen solidarity, steadfast in the goal of national independence, renew the working style of Party agencies from central to local level, be close to the people, respect the people,” General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said.

Responding to the media question about being re-elected by the National Party Congress, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said: "I did not expect that I was to be elected by the Congress to the Party Central Committee. The first session of the Party Central Committee also elected me to the position of General Secretary with an almost absolute number of votes.”

“I was surprised because my age was high, my health and my qualifications are limited. I have also asked for resignation, but with the responsibility assigned by the Party, as a party member I must fulfill my responsibilities. I’m surprised, touched and worried because the upcoming work is heavy and the responsibility is huge. In the current local and international developments, there are opportunities, but also many challenges and difficulties."

On October 23, 2018, Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong was elected by the 14th National Assembly to be the State President for the 2016-2020 term.

Taking the oath as the President of Vietnam before the National Assembly, Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong said: "Under the sacred flag of the Fatherland, before the National Assembly, the people and voters of the whole country, I, the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, take an oath: to be absolutely loyal to the Fatherland, the people, to the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to strive to fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, the State and the people."

In his address at the inauguration ceremony, General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong said: "I will try to fulfill the task as I have just sworn to the National Assembly, to the people and voters nationwide."

“Some delegates probably want to know how am I feeling right now. I’m honest in saying that I'm both happy and worried. I'm glad that the National Assembly, the people trust me to assign me to this position. I’m worried about how to fulfill my duties well. This is my honest thought, which is similar to my feeling over 12 years ago, when I was elected Chairman of the 11th National Assembly.”

“I remember that day, June 26, 2006, at 4pm, the National Assembly elected me to be the Chairman of the National Assembly. At that time, I was both happy and worried, but I was more worried because I had never been the Chairman of the National Assembly, I had not been familiar with the work of the National Assembly (at that time he was the Party Secretary of Hanoi, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council).

Biography of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of 13th Party Central Committee

- Date of birth: April 14, 1944

- Ethnicity: Kinh
- Family background: Poor peasant
- Native place: Dong Hoi commune, Dong Anh district, Hanoi
- Current residency: 5 Thien Quang Street, Nguyen Du Wward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
- Occupation when recruited: Student
- Date of Party admission: December 19, 1967
- Date of official admission to the Party: December 19, 1968
- Education:
General education: 10-year education system graduation
Qualification: Graduated from the Philology Faculty of the University of Hanoi (now the Vietnam National University – Hanoi).
Academic title, degree: Professor, PhD in politics (majoring in Party building)
Political theory: High-level
Foreign language: Russian D, English B
- Awards: First-class Resistance War Medal, Medal for Cultural Cause, and medals for the cause of the press and the young generations, among others.
- Official member of the Party Central Committee in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th tenures;
- Member of the Political Bureau in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th tenures;
- Deputy to the National Assembly in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th tenures.


SUMMARY OF CAREER

- 1957-1963: Student at the Nguyen Gia Thieu school in Gia Lam District, Hanoi
- 1963-1967: Student at the Philology Faculty of the University of Hanoi (now the Vietnam National University – Hanoi).
- December 1967- July 1968: Officer at the Documentation Desk of the Study Review (now the Communist Review)
- July 1968 - August 1973: Officer of the Party Building Department of the Communist Review; experiencing a period of internship in Thanh Oai District, Ha Tay Province (now Hanoi) in 1971; Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union cell of the Communist Review from 1969 to 1973
- August 1973 – April 1976: Undergoing a political-economic post-graduate course at the High-level Nguyen Ai Quoc Party School (now the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics), member of the executive board of the Party cell
- May 1976 - August 1980: Editorial staff of the Party Building Department of the Communist Review, Deputy Secretary of the Party cell
- September 1980 - August 1981: Study Russian language at the High-level Nguyen Ai Quoc Party School (now the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics)
- September 1981 - July 1983: Intern and defending Associate PhD thesis (now PhD thesis) at the Party Building Department of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Soviet Union
- August 1983 - February 1989: Deputy head of the Party Building Department, the Communist Review (October 1983); head of the Party Building Department, the Communist Review (September 1987); Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Communist Review (July 1985-December 1988) and Secretary of the Party Committee of the Communist Review (December 1988-December 1991)
- March 1989 – April 1990: Member of the Editorial Board of the Communist Review
- May 1990 – July 1991: Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review
- August 1991 – August 1996: Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review
- January 1994: Elected as a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee at the mid-term national conference in the 7th tenure
- June 1996: Reelected as a member of the Party Central Committee at the 8th National Party Congress
- August 1996 - February 1998: Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, head of the Hanoi Party Committee’s Popularisation and Education Board
- December 1997: Elected as a member of the 8th Political Bureau at the 4th meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee
- February 1998 - January 2000: In charge of the Party's ideological-cultural and scientific-educational affairs
- August 1999-April 2001: Joining the standing board of the Political Bureau
- March 1998 - August 2006: Vice Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council (March 1998-November 2001); Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, in charge of the Party's theoretical work (November 2001-August 2006)
- January 2000: Secretary of the 12th Hanoi Party Committee
- December 2000: Elected as Secretary of the 13th Hanoi Party Committee at the 13th Party Congress of Hanoi city
- April 2001: Reelected as a member of the Party Central Committee and the Political Bureau at the 9th National Party Congress
- May 2002 - now: Deputy of the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th National Assembly
- December 2005: Elected as Secretary of the 14th Party Committee of Hanoi (until June 2006) at the 15th Party Congress of the city
- April 2006: Re-elected as a member of the Party Central Committee and the Politburo at the 10th National Party Congress
- June 2006 – July 2011: Chairman of the 11th and 12th National Assembly, Secretary of the National Assembly's Party Organisation, and member of the Council for National Defence and Security
- January 2011-January 2021: General Secretary of the Party Central Committee in the 11th, 12th, 13th tenures; Secretary of the Central Military Commission
- February 2013 – now: Head of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control
- August 2016 - now: Taking part in the Standing Board of the Central Public Security Party Commission of the 2015-2020 tenure.
- October, 2018 - now: President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Chairman of the National Defence and Security Council in the 2016-2021 tenure, Honorary President of the Vietnam Red Cross.
- January 2021: Reelected as a member of the Party Central Committee in the 2021-2026 tenure at the 13th National Party Congress, and reelected as General Secretary of the Party Central Committee in the 2021-2026 tenure at the first plenum of the 13th Party Central Committee.

 Thu Hang

Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Party General Secretary of 13th tenure

Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected as Party General Secretary of 13th tenure

General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has been elected by the 13th Party Central Committee as the General Secretary for the new term.

 
 

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