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Vietnam to relieve two deputy prime ministers, several ministers of duties

By Vo Hai, Hoang Thuy, Toan Dao   April 7, 2016 | 08:44 pm PT
Vietnam to relieve two deputy prime ministers, several ministers of duties
Deputy prime ministers Vu Van Ninh and Hoang Trung Hai. Photo: Giang Huy
Newly elected Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday asked the National Assembly to allow two deputy prime ministers and 18 ministers and senior officials, including the ministers of national defense and public security, to step down.

The National Assembly will vote to decide on Phuc’s proposals in the afternoon. Nominations for the new positions will be announced on Saturday, April 9.

The two deputy prime ministers are Vu Van Ninh, who did not participate in the Party Central Committee in January; and Hoang Trung Hai, who was appointed secretary of Hanoi's Party Committee in February.

Of the ministers on Phuc’s list, three were appointed to other positions after the Party’s National Congress in January: Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang became State President on April 2; Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang was appointed secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in February; and Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Van Nen became Chairman of the Party Central Committee's Office in February this year.

Also, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Van Binh was elected to the 19-member politburo in January, while Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung remained in the Party Central Committee.

The other outgoing officials who did not participate in the Party Central Committee in January include:

Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defense

Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs

Nguyen Thai Binh, Minister of Home Affairs

Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training

Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Industry and Trade

Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment

Nguyen Bac Son, Minister of Information and Communications

Ha Hung Cuong, Minister of Justice

Nguyen Quan, Minister of Science and Technology

Nguyen Minh Quang, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

Giang Seo Phu, Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs

Huynh Phong Tranh, Government Inspector General

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