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Vietnam elects prime minister amid big challenges

Apr 7, 2016

Vietnam elects prime minister amid big challenges

Vietnam’s rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as prime minister, and he takes office at a time of soaring public debt, a worrying budget deficit and China’s growing assertiveness in nearby seas. In a formal vote, 446 of the 490 members in ...

Vietnam elects first chairwoman of parliament

Mar 31, 2016

Vietnam elects first chairwoman of parliament

Vietnam’s parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated legislature. Ngan, 61, won 95.5 percent of the votes, the National Assembly said on its website. State media reported that Ngan took the ...