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HCMC to get new government leader

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The HCMC legislature will vote for a new city chairperson for 2021-26, after the incumbent, Nguyen Thanh Phong, was moved to the Central Economic Commission.

At an online session Tuesday the city People’s Council would announce the end of the term of Phong, 59, and recommend new contestants to replace him as People’s Committee leader, Tien Phong newspaper reported.

A native of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, Phong had served as deputy secretary of the city Party Committee from March 2015. He was voted as People’s Committee chairman for 2016-21 in October 2015, while holding the Party position.

He was recently reelected as chairman for the 2021-26 term, but last Friday the Communist Party Politburo named him deputy head of the Central Economic Commission.

Phong is also head of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control in HCMC, the epicenter of the latest wave to hit Vietnam, and it is not clear who will replace him.

The city of 13 million has recorded nearly 176,000 Covid cases and 6,538 deaths in the new wave.

By Minh Nga – – August 23, 2021

HCMC to get new government leader
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