Nine provinces have female Party Committee Secretaries
The six female Provincial Party Secretaries elected for the 2020-2025 term. Source: VOV
As of October 29, all the 67 Party organisations under the management of the Party Central Committee had completed their congresses for the 2020-2025 tenure, in line with Politburo Directive No 35-CT/TW.
Forty-two officials were re-elected to the position, of whom eight are female and 16 were born in the 1970s.
The six female provincial Party Secretaries are Ms. Le Thi Thuy of Ha Nam Province, Ms. Vo Thi Anh Xuan of An Giang province, Ms. Dao Hong Lan of Bac Ninh Province, Ms. Lam Thi Phuong Thanh of Lang Son province, Ms. Nguyen Thanh Hai of Thai Nguyen Province, and Ms. Hoang Thi Thuy Lan of Vinh Phuc province.
Four Provincial Party Secretaries - Le Thi Thuy, Dao Hong Lan, Lam Thi Phuong Thanh, Nguyen Thanh Hai – are not native residents of the provinces where they were elected. These officials were assigned by the Politburo to join provincial Party Committees in the new term.
Among these are six female Provincial Party secretaries, and one was elected for the first time, namely the Party Secretary of Bac Ninh Province – Ms. Dao Hong Lan. The remaining five secretaries are re-elected for the second time.
In terms of age, three female Party Secretaries were born in the 70s: Mrs. Dao Thi Hong Lan, born in 1971 and Ms. Nguyen Thanh Hai and Vo Thi Anh Xuan born in 1970. The remaining officials were born in the 60s.
Five of them are members of the 12th Party Central Committee, including: Le Thi Thuy, Hoang Thi Thuy Lan, Nguyen Thanh Hai, Lam Thi Phuong Thanh, Vo Thi Anh Xuan. The remaining female official - Ms. Dao Thi Hong Lan – is an alternate member of the 12th Party Central Committee.
Among them, the Party chief of Thai Nguyen Province - Nguyen Thanh Hai - is an Associate Professor and a PhD degree holder. Four others hold a master's degree, including Le Thi Thuy, Dao Hong Lan, Lam Thi Phuong Thanh, Hoang Thi Thuy Lan and Ms. Vo Thi Anh Xuan holds a BA degree.
Criteria for officials were not downgraded just to ensure the personnel structure. Those with weak political will or capacity, who show degradation in ideology, morality, and lifestyle, or violate Party and State regulations, cannot hold a post in Party Committees.
Some limitations, however, remain, such as the rate of women and young people in certain committees, which don’t yet meet the requirements set out in Directive No 35. Some re-nominees failed to win a seat in Party Committees.
Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong said in a recent article on personnel preparations for the 13th National Party Congress that in any revolutionary cause, any sector, and any locality, officials always play a decisive role.
Personnel work is not only a key step in Party building but also an essential link in all Party activities.
The work, therefore, must be carried out with a high sense of responsibility, major resolve and effort, and objectivity, and in a scientific way, with the interests of the nation, the Party, and the people being the top priority, he stressed.