The party's central committee approved Phuc's resignation from all his positions, including a member of the Politburo and president.
Former President Takes Responsibility for Officials' Misconduct
Phuc, 68, was elected president by the National Assembly in April 2021 after serving as prime minister for five years. His removal follows the resignation of two deputy premiers due to investigations into bribery tied to repatriation flights and a manufacturer of Covid-19 test kits.
Despite Phuc's successful leadership in Vietnam's fight against Covid-19, he has taken responsibility as a leader for misconduct committed by other officials, including two deputy prime ministers and three ministers, and submitted his resignation letter.
Acting President Named
According to the Vietnam News Agency, Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan will serve as acting president until the National Assembly selects a new leader.