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New transport minister and chief inspector appointed

Released at: 17:23, 26/10/2017

New transport minister and chief inspector appointed

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The (L) and Chief Government Inspector Le Minh Khai. Photo from vnexpress.net

NA approves new appointments as Vietnam's corruption crackdown continues.

by Quang Huy

A majority of the National Assembly (NA) approved the appointment of a new Minister of Transport and Chief Government Inspector on October 26 as part of a major personnel reshuffle taking place against a backdrop of sweeping anti-graft moves.

With a vote of 93.98 per cent in favor, 461 NA delegates agreed to Mr. Nguyen Van The’s appointment as the country’s new transport minister. The new Chief Government Inspector, Mr. Le Minh Khai, received 94.5 per cent of votes, with 464 delegates voting in favor.

Mr. The, Party Chief of the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang Province, was nominated by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Minister of Transport during the ongoing session of the country’s legislature.

Having earned a PhD in transport in Russia and having worked at several transport companies in his hometown of Dong Thap province in the Delta before serving as its Deputy Chairman, Mr. The, 51, was Deputy Minister of Transport between June 2013 and October 2015 before being transferred to Soc Trang.

He will fill the transport minister’s seat vacated by Mr. Truong Quang Nghia, who has taken on a new role as Party Chief of central Da Nang city, after the city’s leader was fired earlier this month for serious misconduct.

Mr. The’s position in Soc Trang has been passed on to former Chief Inspector Mr. Phan Van Sau, who also began his political career as a provincial Party leader.

Mr. Khai, 53, has a background in accounting and auditing and held several government positions in the Mekong Delta’s Bac Lieu province before being selected as its Party leader in October 2015.

Vietnam has seen major personnel reshuffles this year as part of a massive corruption crackdown.

In May, Dinh La Thang was dismissed as Party Chief of Ho Chi Minh City after an investigation accused him of “serious violations” when he was head of State energy giant PetroVietnam several years ago. He was replaced by Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, who previously served as President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, an umbrella organization of all Vietnam’s political and social groups, in 2013.

Vietnam’s sweeping anti-graft push is being spearheaded by Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong. Speaking at a major meeting with 200 senior Communist Party members in Hanoi earlier this month, Mr. Trong said that all officials should “regularly fix, scrutinize, and prevent themselves from having materialistic temptations and ambitions.”

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