Vietnamese PM apologizes for accompanying cars’ drive in Hoi An

By Chi Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks with a foreign tourist in Hoi An on August 8. Photo credit: Quang Hieu/VnExpress Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks with a foreign tourist in Hoi An on August 8. Photo credit: Quang Hieu/VnExpress

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has apologized after cars in his delegation drove into Hoi An, where motorized vehicles are banned, even as he walked into the ancient town while on a recent trip.
On August 8 he was in the town for a tourism conference, walking to the venue without realizing many cars that had accompanied his delegation were driving behind him.
“Though I was not aware, it’s my responsibility for failing to manage the incident,” he said.
“Thus, I need to apologize.”
He said this at another conference held in Hanoi Wednesday to review the progress of administrative reform.
He mentioned his Hoi An experience as a lesson for government leaders.
“People are well aware of what government leaders do. Their credibility is based on people’s evaluation.”
The administrative system must measure itself based on the public and corporate perception of it, he said.
He also made it clear that Vietnam would not have “red-light districts” or open casinos.

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