This year’s Lunar New Year is the second Tet of Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Vietnam’s president. It is unclear why in recent days, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc has increased his activities quite aggressively. On the morning of January 14, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife and about 120 Vietnamese overseas conducted a ceremony to release a carp at Ho Sen, a vestige of an ancient river in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi.
The ceremony was grand with many spectators. No one knows what message Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc wants to send to everyone? Is this his farewell before leaving the Presidential position soon?
Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s resignation has not yet been reported by the state-controlled media. They are not allowed, because if they cross the fence, they will be handled by the Central Commission for Propaganda and Education of the ruling Communist Pary of Vietnam (CPV).
If news of Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s resignation is correct, then this information will be made public sooner or later. However, there must be a route. The CPV’s powerful organization is in the shape of a pyramid. The higher the level is known first, the lower the level is known later. Information about Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s resignation was initially known only to the Politburo, then to the CPV’s Central Committee. If the Central Committee knows, the information is considered to have been made public. And the National Assembly is just a puppet, it works under the direction of the Politburo.
According to unverified information, it is possible that January 17 is an extraordinary meeting of the Central Committee, meeting to announce the decision to resign of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. If so, the President’s position as a member of the Politburo may not be able to pass the year of the Rabbit. Usually, the Party Central Committee holds an extraordinary meeting first, then the National Assembly holds an extraordinary meeting.
Vietnam’s State President is elected by the National Assembly, even though it is only a procedural election at the discretion of the Politburo, but if you want to remove the State President, you must also be relieved by the National Assembly. Then it is possible that January 17 will be the day Mr. Phuc loses his position as a member of the Politburo. And maybe by the Lunar New Year, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc is still the president of the country, it is unclear how will his mood be when reading the New Year greeting letter,?
Perhaps Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc should accept the truth, in fact he did not lose anything. The position of President is also just a nominal name, without real power. In fact, because it is a seat without real power, it is also easy for powerful forces in the Four Pillars to do whatever they want, even for the President of the country to come down there to meet late Ho Chi Minh.
Ms. Tran Thi Nguyet Thu, wife of the State President, is said to be the “last boss” in the Viet A case. Before the 6th Plenum of the Central Committee, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc was “restricted from leaving abroad.” At the climax of the trip to Japan to pay tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Abe, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc was not granted an official aircraft, so he was forced to take a commercial plane. The unofficial house arrest order is said to have been relaxed since the 6th Plenum and Mr. Phuc visited Thailand, South Korea, and Indonesia in November and December last year.
Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 68 years old. He is the second oldest in the Four Pillars, after Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc has no signs of ill health, however, Mr. Phuc may give health reasons to resign. The oldest person in the country’s Four Pillars is Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong. Mr. Trong has also been in poor health for many years, and it is rumored that he has suffered 2 strokes. However, this old man with very weak health was still strong enough to sit in the General Secretary’s chair, while the younger and stronger man had to go for “health” reasons.
The increasingly fierce court war, political turmoil in the last days of this year will give young officials a look back, political disputes with the 79-year-old old man is not simple. Young people are still losing to him.