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Vietnam party chief Trong formally named president

74-year-old becomes country's first leader to hold both roles since Ho Chi Minh

Nguyen Phu Trong   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese lawmakers elected Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong as president, making him the first leader to hold both titles since the nation's founder, Ho Chi Minh.

On Oct. 23, the second day of the National Assembly's monthlong session, 476 members of parliament voted for Trong, with one objecting. He took an oath of office after the result was announced.

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