Vietnam parliament approves new Prime Minister

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Nguyen Xuan PhuVietnam’s parliament on April 7 “elected” a new Prime Minister, promoting former legislator Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the post which is part of a triumvirate comprising new President Tran Dai Quang and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong that runs one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.

The 61-year-old, however, was the only candidate nominated for the position by party officials earlier this year and won 90.26 per cent of the votes. He succeeds Nguyen Tan Dung who was prime minister since 2006.

The vote was only a formality. The former Deputy Prime Minister was put forward for the top post at the Communist Party’s once-every-five-years National Congress earlier in January.

Addressing the assembly, Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to tackle corruption, improve the investment climate and fight to protect Vietnam’s sovereignty. He will likely also feel pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system. It could also be a major task to maintain economy growth in the country which stood at 6.7 per cent in 2015.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc previously held key posts in local politics and on legislative committees and was once head of planning and investment in Danang, Vietnam’s third-biggest city. He is member of Vietnam’s politburo and has been ranked third in the hierarchy of the country’s Communist Party, after General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Minister of Public Security, Trần Đại Quang

One of Nguyen Xuan Phu’s first major exposure to the international political stage will be US President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam this coming May.

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Vietnam’s parliament on April 7 “elected” a new Prime Minister, promoting former legislator Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the post which is part of a triumvirate comprising new President Tran Dai Quang and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong that runs one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.

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Nguyen Xuan PhuVietnam’s parliament on April 7 “elected” a new Prime Minister, promoting former legislator Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the post which is part of a triumvirate comprising new President Tran Dai Quang and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong that runs one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.

The 61-year-old, however, was the only candidate nominated for the position by party officials earlier this year and won 90.26 per cent of the votes. He succeeds Nguyen Tan Dung who was prime minister since 2006.

The vote was only a formality. The former Deputy Prime Minister was put forward for the top post at the Communist Party’s once-every-five-years National Congress earlier in January.

Addressing the assembly, Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to tackle corruption, improve the investment climate and fight to protect Vietnam’s sovereignty. He will likely also feel pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system. It could also be a major task to maintain economy growth in the country which stood at 6.7 per cent in 2015.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc previously held key posts in local politics and on legislative committees and was once head of planning and investment in Danang, Vietnam’s third-biggest city. He is member of Vietnam’s politburo and has been ranked third in the hierarchy of the country’s Communist Party, after General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Minister of Public Security, Trần Đại Quang

One of Nguyen Xuan Phu’s first major exposure to the international political stage will be US President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam this coming May.

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