Province leader canned for mismanagement

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Construction of a garden more than 4,000 hectares of the son of Hai Duong Province's Party head. Central Party inspectors said they found no signs of corruption.

Vietnam's Communist Party inspectors have ordered the southern province of Binh Phuoc to sack its administrative head for mismanagement alleged to have caused giant losses to the state budget.

The Party's Central Inspection Committee requested on Monday that authorized agencies remove Truong Tan Thieu from his position as head of the Binh Phuoc People's Committee at the end of a one-week meeting on the matter, Vietnam News Agency reported.

It said Thieu had repeatedly violated management regulations, being irresponsible in supervising issues under his jurisdiction, and had conducted several illegal allocations of land.

The violations have been blamed for the loss of billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$48,000) to the state budget, the committee said in a statement, without specifying further.

The statement also suggested punishments for other provincial leaders about whom locals had lodged formal complaints.

One official Bui Thanh Quyen, the Party head of Hai Duong Province, was probed after local media reported in May that his son Bui Thanh Quyen, a local labor official, owned a VND4 billion (US$192,000) luxury home with a garden of more than 4,000 hectares, including a pond and miniature landscaped mountains.

Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Bac Son said it was "unusual" that the father and son kept such assets given their government salaries.

But the committee found Quyen did not use his power to help his son, and that the garden did not use rare trees or stones as had been previously asserted.

It concluded that more than 1,000 square meters of the garden were being used for unregistered purposes, and thus, only recommended Quyen better educate his son on Vietnam's land laws.

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