Vietnam house to vote for two new deputy PMs

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The National Assembly, Vietnam's parliament, will vote on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's two new deputy prime minister nominations next month.


The vote is part of the agenda of the house's sixth session, which opened October 21 and will close on November 30, chief of the parliament office Nguyen Hanh Phuc told the press last week.


As scheduled, on November 12, legislators will vote to ratify  Dung's proposal to remove incumbent deputy prime minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and Minister-Chief of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam from their posts.


Two days later, the assembly will vote to ratify Dung's nomination of two new deputy PMs: Dam and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.


Last month, 60-year-old Nhan was appointed by the Fatherland Front to be its new chairman to replace Huynh Dam, who retired, under a nomination by the Politburo. Nhan himself is a member of the Politburo.


Minh will still hold his current post even if he becomes a new deputy prime minister, according to the government.


Currently, PM Dung has four deputies Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Hoang Xuan Hai, Vu Van Ninh and Nguyen Thien Nhan.


After the sixth session, the government cabinet will have five deputy prime ministers.


Dam is the youngest minister in the cabinet. He was trained in Belgium and used to be a secretary for the late former prime minister Vo Van Kiet.


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