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Vietnam Communist Party says President Phuc to resign

Latest dismissal seen as further cementing party chief Trong's grip on power

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in 2021. Phuc ranked second in the Communist Party to party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The Vietnamese Communist Party on Tuesday decided to allow President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to resign as it moves ahead with an anti-corruption crackdown citing coronavirus-related scandals, state media reported.

The latest resignation is unprecedented and allows party chief Nguyen Phu Trong to further concentrate political power.

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