Nguyễn Minh Triết

In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Nguyen. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Triet.
Nguyễn Minh Triết
7th President of Vietnam
In office
27 June 2006  25 July 2011
Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Vice President Trương Mỹ Hoa
Nguyễn Thị Doan
General Secretary Nông Đức Mạnh
Preceded by Trần Đức Lương
Succeeded by Trương Tấn Sang
Chairman of the Council for National Defense and Security
In office
27 June 2006  25 July 2011
Deputy Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Preceded by Trần Đức Lương
Succeeded by Trương Tấn Sang
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee
In office
January 2000  27 June 2006
Preceded by Trương Tấn Sang
Succeeded by Lê Thanh Hải
Personal details
Born (1942-10-08) 8 October 1942
Bến Cát, Binh Duong, Vietnam
Political party Communist Party of Vietnam
Spouse(s) Trần Thị Kim Chi
Alma mater Ho Chi Minh City University of Science
Nguyễn Minh Triết and First Lady Trần Thị Kim Chi meet with George W. Bush and Laura Bush at the President's Palace, November 2006.

Nguyễn Minh Triết (born October 8, 1942) was president of Vietnam from 2006 to 2011.[1] He was elected by the National Assembly of Vietnam with 464 votes (94%) on June 27, 2006. He was previously the head of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. The presidency of Vietnam is a ceremonial position and the Politburo decides government policy. Triết was the fourth ranking member of the Politburo from 2006 to 2011. His term as president expired in July. Senior Politburo member Trương Tấn Sang succeeded him.

Life and career

Triet was born in Bến Cát District, Bình Dương Province. After studying Mathematics in Saigon, Triet joined the Communist Party of Vietnam in 1965 in southern Vietnam, during the Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) that involved the United States. He is among the top leaders of Vietnam who are native southerners and one of the few that had not regrouped to the North following the division of the country in 1954 (he was only 12 at the time).[2] In 1992, he was appointed party chief of southern Sông Bé Province. He guided the largely agricultural province into an attractive destination for foreign direct investment.

He ascended to the Politburo in 1997 and became Party head of Ho Chi Minh City in 2000. In that position, he oversaw a campaign against organized crime and corruption, including the arrest and execution of underworld kingpin Truong Van Cam, known as Năm Cam.


  1. Vietnam: Foreign Policy and Government Guide International Business Publications, USA. - 2007 Page 8 "Vietnamese Government Communist state - General Secretary Nông Ðức Mạnh - President Nguyễn Minh Triết - Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng "
  2. "Nguyễn Minh Triết elected new State President". Nhan Dan. 27 June 2006.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Trần Đức Lương
President of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Trương Tấn Sang
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Roh Moo-hyun
Chairperson of APEC
Succeeded by
John Howard
Preceded by
Abhisit Vejjajiva
Chairperson of ASEAN
Succeeded by
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
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