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The Honorable Nguyen Thien Nhan, member of the Politburo and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, is secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Party Committee.
Nhan was born in Tra Vinh Province. He started teaching in 1983 as a Professor of Economics at the HCMC Polytechnic University, and then went to Germany to finish his studies. Nhan returned to the HCMC Polytechnic University and served as vice president until 1997 when he became director of the HCMC Department of Science, Technology and Environment. In 1988, he became deputy secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth League.
From 1999 to 2001, he served as vice chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee. From 2001 to 2006, he was a member of the Standing Committee of the HCMC Party Committee, standing vice chairman of the HCMC government, and member of the National Council for Science and Technology Policy. At the 10th National Party Congress, he was elected to the Party Central Committee and became the Minister of Education and Training in 2006. One year later, in August 2007, he was approved as deputy prime minister and minister of education and training. At the end of the tenure, in 2010, he was elected to the Party Central Committee again and assumed the post of deputy prime minister. In the middle of the term, in May 2013, he was voted into the 11th Politburo. In September that year, he became president of the 7th Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee.
In 2014, at the 8th National Congress of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, he was reappointed as president. At the 12th Party Congress in early 2016, Nhan was reelected to the Politburo, taking charge as the leader of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee until May 10, when he was named secretary of the HCMC Party Committee replacing Dinh La Thang.
He is a member of the National Assembly for the 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th tenures.