Hanoi mayor re-elected with huge majority

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Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao has been re-elected for the 2011-16 term with roughly 94 percent of the vote.


After winning the re-election on Monday, Thao, an architect who also holds a doctorate degree in economics, said the capital city would create more jobs, increase incomes for residents, and improve living conditions.


The 59-year-old mayor also said Hanoi would target a per capita GDP of US$4,100-$4,300 by 2015, from nearly $2,000 in 2010.

Thao was voted as chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee in 2007 and re-elected a year later when the city was expanded to 3.6 times its size of 920 square kilometers by taking over Ha Tay Province and parts of Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh provinces.

Before working in Hanoi, he was the Party Committee Secretary of the northern province of Bac Ninh.

Poll results released by the Hanoi People's Council on Monday also showed that Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, 54, has been re-elected as chairwoman of the council for the 2011-2016 term, winning nearly 98 percent of the vote.


At the 11th Party Congress held this January, both Thao and Thanh were selected as members of the Party Central Committee.


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