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Party watchdog orders punishment for Da Nang Party Chief

Released at: 14:00, 30/09/2017

Party watchdog orders punishment for Da Nang Party Chief

Da Nang's Party Chief Nguyen Xuan Anh. Photo: baomoi.vn

Politburo to hand down final verdict to Party Chief of central city.

by Quang Huy

The Central Inspection Committee said in a statement issued on September 29 that Nguyen Xuan Anh, Da Nang’s Party Chief, will have to await a final verdict from the Politburo after alleged misconduct, mismanagement, and dishonesty.

Anh is accused of flouting the Party’s democratic centralism principles by making multiple decisions without consulting others, in addition to personal misconduct. He also set a bad example by accepting a motor car and two houses as gifts from businesses, according to the Central Inspection Committee.

His academic credentials were also flagged by inspectors. Anh claims to have earned an MBA and doctorate from the California Southern University from 2002 to 2006. The university was not accredited in the US until 2010 and has not been recognized by Vietnam’s education ministry.

Anh is the son of Nguyen Van Chi, former Politburo member and former Chair the Central Inspection Committee. He was elected as 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. Nghi is the son of former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Huynh Duc Tho, Da Nang’s Chairman, received a warning from the Communist 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.

Earlier, the Central Inspection Committee said that Anh and Tho’s actions had “sparked annoyance among Communist Party members, State officials, and the public,” and were serious enough to merit punishment.

Despite the corruption crackdown, Vietnamese leaders ordered construction work and logistical preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the central city to proceed and be completed on schedule.

There must be “no mistakes” made during the course of the six-day summit, which opens on November 6 in Da Nang, the government’s news portal quoted Deputy Minister Pham Binh Minh as telling a meeting of the APEC 2017 National Committee last week.

Da Nang will host world leaders, possibly including Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Vladimir Putin, at the summit. Roads, meeting halls, and a new airport terminal have been built in preparation. This will be the second time Vietnam has hosted the summit, after doing so in 2006.

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