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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:19 PM
A former state security official was elected new prime minister by the Vietnamese National Assembly last week. Pham Minh Chinh and the new government are expected to give a strong impetus to the further development of the Southeast Asian country.
The Vietnamese National Assembly officially elected a new leadership last week: in the wake of the decision, Pham Minh Chinh will replace Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the previous prime minister, who has been elected Vietnam’s new president at the same time. Pham Minh Chinh also previously served as head of the Central Organizing Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (VKP), which is considered the party’s advisory body: the committee is responsible for appointing officials and approving their service.
The 62-year-old politician was the only candidate for the post of prime minister, gaining 96.25 per cent of the vote in the legislature on Monday, making him the ninth prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since the Southeast Asian country became independent from France in 1945.
Pham Minh Chinh was the party leader in Quang Ninh Province, North Vietnam, before taking office as Prime Minister. In his inaugural address, Pham Minh Chinh focused on the government’s key plans and strategic objectives for the next five years. Among other things, he said that during his presidency, the “improvement” of institutional systems and the predecessor of the socialist market economy, as well as the transformation of the economy, would continue. The new prime minister also stressed the importance of transforming the national administration. As he said, stricter and more effective mechanisms will be used to “take the strongest possible action” against all forms of corruption and waste.
He also spoke of doing everything he could to protect the country’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty, but security policy will also play a prominent role, while the goal is for Vietnam to be a “useful, recognized and respected” member of the international community.
The Vietnamese parliament will dissolve the current government on Wednesday, and at the same time will approve the new government and the appointment of some members of the government. The current government has 26 members, including four deputy prime ministers and 21 ministers and branch heads.
Several international news agencies note that Vietnam’s economy has recovered tremendously during the five years of Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s presidency, and the prime minister has won recognition from people in Vietnam and the international community for his strong and effective responses to the coronavirus epidemic.
Pham Minh Chinh, by the way, has a PhD in law but is also a qualified architect, and in addition to his political career, he also teaches at universities.
Vietnam has a so-called “four-pillar” leadership structure: power is divided between the party’s secretary general, the president, the prime minister and the speaker of parliament. Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected Secretary General of the VKP back in January – his role in the hierarchy is considered to be the most important.