Vietnam deputy PM takes over finance ministry

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A Vietnamese deputy prime minister has been placed tentatively in chage of the Ministry of Finance while the current Minister awaits word that he has been officially relieved of his post.

Tuoi Tre reported on Sunday that Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh would take over for Minister Vuong Dinh Hue until the National Assembly approves a personnel redistribution at its next session.

The duties of other leaders of the minsitry will be discussed after Ninh assumes his new role.  

In the meantime, Hue will focus on his duties as the head of the Central Economic Committee founded recently under the Politburo, it said.

According to the newspaper, Hue has also asked the government for permission to resign from other positions he currently holds, such board chairman of the State Capital Investment Corporation.

Speaking to Phap Luat TPHCM (HCMC Law) newspaper, Dang Dinh Luyen, deputy chief of the National Assembly's Law Committee, said despite the change, Hue remains the legal minister of finance legally until he is officially dismissed by the National Assembly this May.

Hue is, for example, still responsible for replying to assemblymen's questions regarding the finance ministry, Luyen explained.

Luyen said the Prime Minister's latest shuffling of personnel should be considered the government's "internal affairs."

He said within his management of the government, there is a chance, even though it is very small, that the PM assign cabinet members to temporarily work under various ministries.

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