Deposed Politburo member now Party Central Committee advisor

13:56 | 10/05/2017
Dinh La Thang, who was voted out of the Politburo on May 7 due to past mismanagement of state-owned Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), has been appointed as a deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission.

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Thang received the decision to be transferred from his current post as the secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee on May 10. Thang had been holding this post since February 2016.  

Earlier, on May 7, over 90 per cent of the members of the Party Central Committee voted in favour of disciplining Thang by warning and removing him from his position in the Politburo for the 12th Plenum due to his role in approving loss-making projects and a variety of wrongdoings at PetroVietnam.

The Economic Commission advises the Party Central Committee on socioeconomic policies. At the moment, Nguyen Van Binh, a Politburo member, presides as chairman.

Thang is going to be the eighth deputy chairman of the commission. The names and designations of the other seven members are as follows:

Name

Designation

Cao Duc Phat

Party Central Committee member

Ngo Dong Hai

Interim Party Central Committee member

Nguyen Ngoc Bao

Deputy Secretary of the commission’s Party Committee

Ngo Van Tuan

Former director of the Department of Banking and Financial Institutions under the Ministry of Finance

Tran Tuan Anh

Current Minister of Industry and Trade

Tran Van Hieu

Current Deputy Minister of Finance

Dang Huy Dong

Current Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment

To fill the position Thang left behind, Nguyen Thien Nhan, currently Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, will become the new Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee.

In his speech at the meeting to announce the new secretary, besides congratulating Nhan on his appointment and thanking the people of Ho Chi Minh City, the people’s committee, and the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Thang apologised to the Party, the people, and the government.

By By Ha Duy

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