Gov't to probe nepotism charge as province appoints Party chief son to top post

By Manh Quan, Thanh Nien News

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Le Phuoc Hoai Bao (C) in a file photo released by the Quang Nam Province Department of Planning and Investment Le Phuoc Hoai Bao (C) in a file photo released by the Quang Nam Province Department of Planning and Investment

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The Ministry of Home Affairs said Thursday it is scrutinizing the appointment of a son of a province Communist Party chief as the head of a powerful local department, which has drawn public criticism.
Deputy Ministry of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan said at a regular press conference held by the Government Office that a team of inspectors had been sent to Quang Nam Province to look into the appointment of Le Phuoc Hoai Bao, 30, son of province Party leader Le Phuoc Thanh.
Whether his appointment as head of the Department of Planning and Investment was made in accordance with the laws would soon be announced, he said.
On September 23 the Quang Nam government announced Bao’s appointment, which made him the youngest department director in any province.
He also heads the department’s anti-corruption committee.
He was deputy chief of the department since April.
The appointment has attracted much public attention after the media raised questions about his experience given his age. Several media outlets quoted opinions saying he was chosen merely because of his father.
Bao, who graduated from the Da Nang Economics University with a degree in finance, was selected for a two-year master’s program at Claremont Graduate University in the US in 2010.
After returning to Vietnam, he led the investment promotion unit at the Chu Lai Economic Zone in Quang Nam until March 2014.
He was then voted deputy chairman of Thang Binh District. After a year he was appointed as deputy head of the province Department of Planning and Investment.
His father, 59, is set to quit as Quang Nam Party chief due to health problems.

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