Secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam

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The Secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam is the highest party officials on military affairs in Vietnam.

Officeholders[edit]

Secretary of the Central Military Commission (1946–48)[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Central Committee Portrait
1 Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
1946 October 1948 3 1st Central Committee
(1935–51)

Secretary of the General Military Commission (1952–61)[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Central Committee Portrait
1 Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
May 1952 January 1961 5 2nd Central Committee
(1951–60)
7 3rd Central Committee
(1960–76)

Secretary of the Central Military Commission (1961–84)[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Central Committee Portrait
1 Võ Nguyên Giáp
(1911–2013)
January 1961 1977 7 3rd Central Committee
(1960–76)
6 4th Central Committee
(1976–82)
2 Lê Duẩn
(1907–1986)
1977 December 1984 1 4th Central Committee
(1976–82)
A smiling middle-aged man wearing a V-necked white collarless shirt
5th Central Committee
(1982–86)

Central Military–Party Committee (1985–97)[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Central Committee Portrait
3 Văn Tiến Dũng
(1917–2002)
4 July 1985 1986 10 5th Central Committee
(1982–86)
A young man, cropped from a group shot
6 5th Central Committee
(1982–82)
4 Trường Chinh
(1907–1988)
1986 18 December 1986 1 5th Central Committee
(1976–82)
A middle-aged man wearing a V-necked white collarless shirt
5 Nguyễn Văn Linh
(1915–1998)
1987 27 June 1991 1 6th Central Committee
(1986–91)
6 Đỗ Mười
(1917–present)
27 June 1991 26 December 1997 1 7th Central Committee
(1986–91)
An old graying man wearing traditional clothing

Central Military Commission (1997–present)[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Rank
[note 2]
Central Committee Portrait
7 Lê Khả Phiêu
(1931–present)
26 December 1997 22 April 2001 1 8th Central Committee (2001–06) An old graying man wearing a dark brown jacket and a pale green shirt
8 Nông Đức Mạnh
(1940–present)
22 April 2001 19 January 2011 1 9th Central Committee (2001–06) a happy-looking man with greying black hair, wearing a suit and tie
1 10th Central Committee (2006–11)
9 Nguyễn Phú Trọng
(1944–present)
19 January 2011 Incumbent 1 11th Central Committee (2011–16) a smiling man with greying black hair, wearing a suit and tie
1 12th Central Committee (2016–present)

Notes[edit]

1.^ These numbers are not official.
2.^ The Central Committee when it convenes for its first session after being elected by a National Party Congress elects the Politburo.[1] According to David Koh, in interviews with several high-standing Vietnamese officials, the Politburo ranking is based upon the number of approval votes by the Central Committee. Lê Hồng Anh, the Minister of Public Security, was ranked 2nd in the 10th Politburo because he received the second-highest number of approval votes. Another example being Tô Huy Rứa of the 10th Politburo, he was ranked lowest because he received the lowest approval vote of the 10th Central Committee when he standing for election for a seat in the Politburo. This system was implemented at the 1st plenum of the 10th Central Committee.[2] The Politburo ranking functioned as an official order of precedence before the 10th Party Congress, and some believe it still does.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Van & Cooper 1983, p. 69.
  2. ^ Koh 2008, p. 666.

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