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Transport Minister named Da Nang's new Party Chief

Released at: 19:28, 07/10/2017

Transport Minister named Da Nang's new Party Chief

Mr. Truong Quang Nghia (C), Da Nang's new Party Chief . Photo from news.zing.vn

Mr. Truong Quang Nghia to take over post in central city following predecessor's removal.

by Quang Huy

Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia was appointed Party Chief of Da Nang on October 7, shortly after his predecessor Nguyen Xuan Anh was ousted from the position.

Mr. Nghia, 59, has served as Minister of Transport for more than a year, giving priority to the North - South expressway and the railway sector, which has been losing steam to aviation and road transport.

He is a member of the Party Central Committee and the National Assembly and was Da Nang’s Deputy Party Chief from 2008 to 2010. He served in the military for 16 years and worked at the Vietnam Construction and Import-Export Joint Stock Corp. (Vinaconex). He was also Party Chief for northern Son La province from June 2012 to March 2015.

The Communist Party on October 6 fired Anh as Party Chief and member the Central Committee, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, as punishment for misconduct in the central city.

The Party Central Inspection Commission concluded last week 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 commission said, while his academic credentials have been brought into question.

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

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, Da Nang’s Chairman.

Tho has 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 mainly 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 Da Nang’s two top leaders would not affect the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November, Vietnam’s most important political event this year. Preparations for the summit have been calibrated and managed by top leaders in Hanoi and are not intertwined with any action taken against the leaders of the host city, Minister Dung said.

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