Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party has resigned after numerous officials under the country’s current president, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, were found to have violated rules and engaged in wrongdoing.

According to the country’s official news agency, he submitted his resignation, feeling himself responsible for the irregularities of the officials.

Reuters reported that the officials under his control committed these corruptions during the prime minister’s tenure.

Phuc was the Prime Minister of Vietnam from 2016-2021. He held the mainly ceremonial post of President for less than two years. He was even the main target of his party’s anti-corruption drive.

Vietnam has no supreme ruler and is formally governed by four ‘pillars’. They are the powerful party secretary, the president, the prime minister and the speaker of the legislature.

“Being fully aware of his responsibilities to the party and the people, he has submitted an application for resignation, resignation and retirement from his assigned post,” the government said in a statement, quoting the party’s powerful central committee.

It is not immediately clear who will replace him. Phuc’s resignation follows the dismissal of two deputy prime ministers this month as part of an anti-corruption crackdown that has led to the arrest of dozens of officials.

The dismissals of Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam come as the communist-ruled country steps up its fight against corruption, despite concerns the campaign is crippling routine transactions as officials fear being drawn into the probe.

Last month, the party disciplined Foreign Minister Bui Than Son for allegedly involving several ministry officials and diplomats in a scandal over repatriation flights. Phuc’s resignation requires National Assembly approval to take effect. The Legislature will hold a rare extraordinary session this week.

(January 17)