09.04.2021, 16:07

Vietnam legislature ratifies appointment of new deputy PMs, ministers

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly on Thursday approved newly-elected Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s proposal on the appointment of two new deputy premiers and 12 other cabinet members.

Le Minh Khai, 57, and Le Van Thanh, 59, were named deputy prime ministers.

Khai was a government inspector general while Thanh is Party chief of Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam.

The legislature also ratified the appointment of 12 other cabinet members, including the defense minister, foreign minister, interior minister, agriculture minister, construction minister, culture-sports-tourism minister, ethnic minority affairs minister-chairman, government office minister-chairman, finance minister, education minister, industry-trade minister, and government inspector general.   

Given PM Chinh’s election on Monday, the Vietnamese government now has 28 members, including 10 who continue keeping their incumbent ministerial posts, for this 2016-21 tenure.

Chinh is a successor to Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who also took office as state president on Monday.

He currently has five deputies, including Truong Hoa Binh, Pham Binh Minh, Vu Duc Dam, Le Minh Khai, and Le Van Thanh.

The cabinet members include two women, Minister of Home Affairs Pham Thi Thanh Tra and State Bank Governor Nguyen Thi Hong.

The 14th National Assembly ended their term on Thursday.

Vietnam will hold legislative elections at all levels on May 23.