Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong resigns after just over a year in office

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong has resigned after a little over a year in the job, according to a statement released by the Communist Party.

His resignation takes place amid an intense anti-corruption campaign that has hit the highest echelons of the party.

The party’s Central Committee approved his resignation, writing in a statement that “violations by Vo Van Thuong have left a bad mark on the reputation of the Communist party”.

Vietnamese leader Vo Van Thuong
Vo Van Thuong was the nation’s youngest modern-day president (Pool via AP)

He was the youngest president since modern day Vietnam emerged from war in the mid-1970s.

The position of president in Vietnam is largely ceremonial and ranks third in the country’s political hierarchy.

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