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Da Nang Party Chief fired for misconduct

Released at: 14:17, 07/10/2017

Da Nang Party Chief fired for misconduct

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Anh. Photo from tinmoi.vn

Nguyen Xuan Anh removed from post on October 6.

by Quang Huy

The Communist Party of Vietnam has fired Da Nang’s Party Chief and removed him from one of the country’s most powerful bodies as punishment for misconduct in the central city..

On October 6, the Party signed off on a proposal from the Politburo to remove Nguyen Xuan Anh from his role as Da Nang’s Party Chief and his position on the Central Committee, an influential group of 200 senior Party members.

Anh’s violations “sparked annoyance” among Party members, State officials, and the public, and were serious enough to merit punishment, the Party said in a statement.

A week earlier, the Central Inspection Committee concluded that Anh had violated the Party’s democratic centralism principles by making multiple decisions without consulting others, besides personal misconduct. He also set a bad example by accepting a motor car and two houses as gifts from businesses, the committee said, while his academic credentials have been brought into question.

Anh had also displayed signs of nepotism, the Politburo said, without elaborating.

Anh is the son of Nguyen Van Chi, a former Politburo member who formerly chaired the very watchdog that proposed punitive measures against him. He was elected Da Nang’s Party Chief in October 2015 at the age of 39 and became one of the two youngest Party Chiefs in Vietnam, joining Nguyen Thanh Nghi in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, who is the son of former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Da Nang has gained kudos as one of the most modern places in the country, and its leadership is often hailed as an example to follow. Yet following a recent spate of management scandals, the Party’s top watchdog last month proposed disciplinary measures against Anh and Huynh Duc Tho, the city’s Chairman.

Tho received a warning from the Party, which has four modes of punishment for misconduct by official members: reprimand, warning, demotion, and expulsion. He has been held primarily accountable for land management violations in the city.

On the eve of the Party meeting, Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung said the punishment facing the Da Nang leaders would not affect what will be Vietnam’s most important political event this year. Preparations for the APEC Summit have been calibrated and managed by leaders in Hanoi and are not intertwined with any action to be taken against the leaders of the host city, Minister Dung said.

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