Hanoi police chief voted in as new city chairman

By Mai Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Duc Chung, Hanoi's new chairman, at a meeting. File photo Nguyen Duc Chung, Hanoi's new chairman, at a meeting. File photo


The chief of Hanoi Police has been voted to become the new chairman of the city after his predecessor resigned.
Major General Nguyen Duc Chung received nearly 95 percent of votes at a session on Friday, after the central government approved the resignation of Nguyen The Thao, who was supposed to head the People's Committee until next year.
Chung, 48, is also the vice secretary of the city's Communist Party unit. He has bachelor’s degrees in criminal science and business administration and defended his doctoral thesis in law last year.
He has won various government’s medals and certificates of merits since he started his career as a police officer in 1997.
He started serving as Hanoi’s police chief in 2012 and was voted in as the vice secretary of Hanoi’s Party unit earlier this year.
Thao, 63, took his post in 2004 and was in his second term.
Local media has praised him for various contributions during the first term, including the successful plan to expand Hanoi by taking over Ha Tay Province and parts of Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh Provinces.
But Thao has received strong public criticism over the past year for a massive tree-cutting plan that envisaged chopping down 6,700 trees lining the city’s thoroughfares. Public outrage helped axe the plan in March, after 500 trees were felled.

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