Vietnamese official sacked over illegal wedding of son and underage girl

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Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Long An have dismissed an official for hosting a wedding ceremony between his son and an underage girl, local media reported.
Vo Viet Thu, chairman of the Motherland Front of Vinh Chau A Commune, previously resigned from his post after the case was exposed.
Late last year, Thu announced he would organize the wedding between his 18-year-old son and a 17-year-old girl. Some commune officials reportedly advised him not to but he ignored them.
He then hosted a lavish reception on December 17 and 18 at his house, inviting many guests.
He was then given a warning by the commune’s Party unit.
Under Vietnamese laws, those hosting wedding for underage people will be warned, fined, or even face criminal charges if their act causes serious consequences.
The legal marriage age in Vietnam is 20 for men and 18 for women.

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