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Archive for Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New president elected and PM nominated

June 27, 2006

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— Vietnamese legislators on Tuesday elected the Communist Party chief for Ho Chi Minh City as the country's new president in a leadership shuffle.

Nguyen Minh Triet, 63, an economic reformer and the sole candidate for the job, won overwhelming backing from the National Assembly with 94 percent of the vote.

Triet, in turn, nominated Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to become the next prime minister.

Over the weekend, the lawmaking body cleared the way for the new leaders after approving the resignation of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, 72, President Tran Duc Luong, 69, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, 69.

On Monday, the assembly elected Nguyen Phu Trong, 62, Communist Party chief for Hanoi, as the new chairman of the legislature.

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