Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy The Party’s Central Committee has recommended General Secretary Trong to be the country’s next president. The committee voted on Wednesday to introduce Trong as a candidate for the head of state post, which will be decided by the legislative National Assembly at the upcoming session between October 21 to November 19. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh is currently holding the position, after President Tran Dai Quang passed away September 21 due to a serious illness. This is the first time in many years that a Party’s General Secretary is recommended by the Central Committee to the National Assembly as a candidate for the president position, which is the country’s top representative in both internal and external affairs. Nguyen Phu Trong, born 1944 in Hanoi, studied Literature in university and spent years working for the Communist Review, the political agency of Vietnam’s Communist Party, and was its editor in chief between 1991 and 1996. He served as Hanoi’s Party Secretary between 2000 and 2006, before chairing Vietnam’s National Assembly for two consecutive terms. He became a permanent member of the Politburo, the Party’s decision-making body, in 1999. In 2011, he became the General Secretary of the Party’s Central Committee, and was reelected in 2016.