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Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh (born 25 December 1959) is a Vietnamese politician who is currently serving as the Vice President of Vietnam, in office since 2016. In this capacity she was the Acting President of Vietnam from the death of President Trần Đại Quang on 21 September 2018 until the election and swearing-in of his successor Nguyễn Phú Trọng on 23 October 2018. Thịnh was the first woman in Vietnamese history to become President or Acting President of Vietnam (in the sense of a constitutional head of state in her own right). She was the first female head of state in a communist country since Soong Ching-ling of China.

Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh
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Vice President of Vietnam
Assumed office
8 April 2016
PresidentTrần Đại Quang
Herself (acting)
Nguyễn Phú Trọng
Preceded byNguyễn Thị Doan
President of Vietnam
In office
21 September 2018 – 23 October 2018
Prime MinisterNguyễn Xuân Phúc
Preceded byTrần Đại Quang
Succeeded byNguyễn Phú Trọng
Secretary of the Vĩnh Long Provincial Party Committee
In office
October 2010 – March 2015
Preceded byTrương Văn Sáu
Succeeded byTrần Văn Rón
Personal details
Born (1959-12-25) 25 December 1959 (age 59)
Duy Trinh, Quảng Nam, South Vietnam (now Vietnam)
Political partyCommunist Party

Thịnh was elected Vice President of Vietnam on 8 April 2016 after winning 91.09% of votes (450 votes) in the National Assembly, continuing the recent norm of having a woman holding this position.[1] She was a member of the 11th and 13th National Assemblies.[2] She became a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam on 19 November 1979.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Assembly elects new Vice President, top judicial officials". Việt Nam News. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh". Government of Vietnam. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nguyễn Thị Doan
Vice President of Vietnam
Preceded by
Trần Đại Quang
President of Vietnam

Succeeded by
Nguyễn Phú Trọng