Vietnam's fifth-ranking leader steps down

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has announced the resignation of the Politburo's fifth-ranking official. This comes after a series of dismissals from the country's leadership.

The party's Central Committee said on Thursday that Truong Thi Mai has quit all her posts, including Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat.

The party's Central Inspection Commission says, without elaborating, that she committed regulation violations, which have negatively impacted the party and the nation. Her stepping aside is seen as a dismissal.

Mai's resignation comes amid an anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by the party's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the country's top leader.

In January 2023, then President, Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned to take responsibility for a corruption scandal. His successor Vo Van Thuong and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue also exited earlier this year.

Mai was the only woman in the powerful Politburo, the country's decision-making body. In April, she visited Japan and met with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.