New rule to dismiss gov't leaders for corruption

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Leaders of government agencies can be dismissed from their positions if their agencies are found to be involved in corruption, according to new draft amendments to a decree.

Tran Anh Tuan, vice minister of Home Affairs, told a press briefing on Monday that he ministry had proposed several amendments to an anti-corruption decree issued in 2006.

Once the amendments take effect, the chiefs and deputy chiefs of government agencies involved in corruption must be censured at the very least. Heavy violations, or repeated small violations will result in a removal from their post.

Authorized units must punish leaders responsible for corruption 30 days after official conclusions on the case in question are issued.

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Tuan also said that the ministry will launch an overall inspection to count the number of people designated as government officials nationwide.

The ministry is checking media'reports that a commune in Thanh Hoa Province has 500 people with official government titles. The province government has so far denied the reports.

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