Nepotism scandal: Inspectors say promotion of former official’s son lawful

By Xuyen Huynh, Thanh Nien News

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Le Phuoc Hoai Bao (R) in a file photo released by the Quang Nam Province Department of Planning and Investment 
Inspectors from the Ministry of Home Affairs said Monday that they have found nothing amiss in the appointment of a 30-year-old man to a senior position in the central province of Quang Nam. 
A team of inspectors had been sent to Quang Nam to look into the appointment of Le Phuoc Hoai Bao as a new director for the Department of Planning and Investment. His father, Le Phuoc Thanh, was a retired Party official. 
The case has attracted much public attention after the media raised questions about his experience given his age. He is the youngest director at any provincial department in the whole country. 
Several media outlets quoted sources saying he might have been nominated because of his father, who was the head of the province Party unit.
Thanh, Bao’s father, left office on September 30 due to health problems.
Inspectors said they revised the appointment procedures and found nothing wrong. They will soon announce the inspection result in an official press conference.
Bao, who graduated from the Da Nang University of Economics with a degree in finance, was selected for a state-funded two-year master’s program at Claremont Graduate University in the US in 2010.
After returning to the homeland, Bao led the investment promotion unit at Chu Lai Economic Zone in Quang Nam until March 2014.
He then became deputy chairman of Quang Nam's Thang Binh District. After a year he was appointed deputy head of the province's Department of Planning and Investment. 

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