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Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan becomes new HCMC Party Secretary

Released at: 15:19, 10/05/2017

Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan becomes new HCMC Party Secretary

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan congratulates Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan (R). Photo: VNN

Mr. Nhan to replace Mr. Dinh La Thang, who becomes Deputy Head of the Party's Central Economic Commission.

by Quynh Nguyen

Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Politburo Member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), has officially become the new Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee, replacing Mr. Dinh La Thang.

The decision on the appointment, issued by the Politburo, was presented to Mr. Nhan at a conference on personnel tasks in the city on the morning of May 10.

Politburo Member and Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who attended the conference, said that all Politburo members had voted in favor of Mr. Nhan holding the position.

Mr. Nhan, 64, hails from the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh and is a Professor of Economics and fluent in English and German. He was a Member of Party Central Committee X, XI, and XII and a Delegate in NA X, XII, XIII, and XIV.

From 1980 to 1983 he worked at the Military Technical Institute under the Ministry of Defense before joining the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology in a number of positions: faculty member, Dean, and Vice Rector.

He also worked as an Education Attaché at the Embassy of Vietnam in the German Democratic Republic. In 2006, he became Minister of Education and Training and retained this position until 2010.

In August 2007, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and was approved to continue in the position at the first session of NA XIII in 2011.

In May 2013, Mr. Nhan joined the Politburo and in September 2013 was elected President of the VFFCC. In January 2016, he was elected again as a Member of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee and a Member of its 19-member Politburo.

The Politburo’s decision on appointing Mr. Thang as Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission was also announced at the May 10 conference.

Earlier, on May 7, more than 90 per cent of the Party Central Committee, comprising 180 full members, voted to issue a warning to Mr. Thang over “serious” violations and mismanagement at the State-owned energy giant PetroVietnam during his time as Chairman. The Party Central Committee also accepted Mr. Thang’s proposal to withdraw from the Politburo, the highest decision-making body of the Party.

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