New parliament re-elects PM Pham Minh Chinh

By Hoang Thuy    July 26, 2021 | 05:04 pm GMT+7
New parliament re-elects PM Pham Minh Chinh
Pham Minh Chinh takes oath as Prime Minister of Vietnam in Hanoi, July 26, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
Pham Minh Chinh has been re-elected Vietnam’s prime minister for the 2021-2026 term by the newly-formed legislative National Assembly (NA).

Chinh, 63, won 95.99 percent of the votes cast Monday in the house of 479 in a process formally called "re-election."

With the new NA coming into being following a national election held May 23, the re-election ratifies the PM’s appointment.

Chinh was voted PM by the previous NA in April.

A native of the central province of Thanh Hoa, Chinh has a doctorate degree in law, has been an associate law professor and a qualified construction engineer.

He has also been a member of the Politburo, the Central Party Committee, and the National Assembly.

In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Public Security, and a year later, Party chief of the northern Quang Ninh Province.

In 2015, he became the deputy head of the Central Organizing Commission, and its head in 2016.

The new NA will elect or ratify 50 leadership positions including that of the house itself, the government, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme Procuracy and the State Audit Office.

It will also review the country's social-economic situation and public spending and make decisions on two national programs tackling rural development and poverty alleviation.

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