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Vietnam elects police chief to No. 2 post of president

  • New Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang takes the oath of office after being elected as the head of state in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected Public Security Minister Quang, 59, to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. (Thong Nhat/Vietnam News Agency via AP) VIETNAM OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    New Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang takes the oath of office after being elected as the head of state in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, April 2, 2016. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected Public Security Minister Quang, 59, to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. (Thong Nhat/Vietnam News Agency via AP) VIETNAM OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, newly re-elected Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, center, flanked by Politburo members, Public Security Minister Gen. Tran Dai Quang, left, and first Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, applauds as he poses with the new party's central committee members at the closing ceremony the national congress of the party in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected the police chief to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. Quang, 59, took the oath of office Saturday, April 2 after the vote. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, newly re-elected Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, center, flanked by Politburo members, Public Security Minister Gen. Tran Dai Quang, left, and first Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, applauds as he poses with the new party's central committee members at the closing ceremony the national congress of the party in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected the police chief to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. Quang, 59, took the oath of office Saturday, April 2 after the vote. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, Vietnam's Public Security Minister Gen. Tran Dai Quang applauds during the opening ceremony of the Communist Party of Vietnam's 12th Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected the police chief to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. Quang, 59, took the oath of office Saturday, April 2 after the vote. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, Vietnam's Public Security Minister Gen. Tran Dai Quang applauds during the opening ceremony of the Communist Party of Vietnam's 12th Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam's National Assembly has elected the police chief to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country. Quang, 59, took the oath of office Saturday, April 2 after the vote. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Vietnam's National Assembly has elected the police chief to be the country's new president, the second-highest post in the country.

Public Security Minister Tran Dai Quang, 59, took the oath of office Saturday after the vote. He was widely expected to become president after being re-elected to the Politburo, the powerful 19-member committee that effectively rules the country, at the Communist Party Congress in January.

At that January meeting, Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of party general secretary.

In Vietnam, the president is the head of state and chief commander of the military, while the prime minister — to be chosen next week — oversees the economy.