​Vietnam’s transport minister appointed secretary of Da Nang Party Committee

The former Party chief of Da Nang was removed from his position over multiple wrongdoings

Newly appointed secretary of the Da Nang Party Commitee Truong Quang Nghia

Vietnam’s Politburo has appointed Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia secretary of the Party Committee of the central city of Da Nang.

The decision was announced on Saturday morning, hot on the heels after the former Da Nang Party chief Nguyen Xuan Anh was relieved of the post on Friday.

At a ceremony held this morning at the Da Nang Party Committee headquarters, Ha Ban, deputy chairman of the Organization Commission, read the Politburo’s decision to appoint Nghia, who will replace Xuan Anh.

The decision was then handed over to Nghia by Pham Minh Chinh, chairman of the Organization Commission.

Pham Minh Chinh, chairman of the Organization Commission, hands over the appointment decision to Truong Quang Nghia (R)
Pham Minh Chinh, chairman of the Organization Commission, hands over the appointment decision to Truong Quang Nghia (R)

Transport Minister Truong Quang Nghia, a member of the Central Party Committee, is not unfamiliar with Da Nang people. Between May 2008 and September 2010, Nghia, 59, was deputy secretary of the Party Committee of the central city.

Party Committee is the leading organ of the Communist Party of Vietnam of each of the country’s cities and provinces.

Born Hoi An, in Da Nang’s neighboring province of Quang Nam, Nghia has a master’s degree in business administration.

He served in the army from October 1976 to September 1979, and had taken different positions at the Vietnam Construction and Import - Export JSC (Vinaconex) before becoming its general director.

Nghia’s political career began in May 2008, when he was selected deputy secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee. By April 2016, Nghia also kept such positions as secretary of the Party Committee of the northern province of Son La and deputy head of the Central Economic Committee. He was appointed Minister of Transport in April 2016.

Nghia is member of the Party Central Committee in the 11th and 12th tenures.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam said on Friday it had decided to remove Nguyen Xuan Anh as Secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee.

Anh was to chiefly blame for the wrongdoings committed by the standing board of the Da Nang Party Committee, the central body said in the announcement.

He blatantly broke the Party’s rules, breached regulations on what Party members are not allowed to do, and went against other standards set by the Party, the committee said, adding that his violations were severe and negatively affected the Party’s credibility.

So Anh has been removed from his Secretary position and dismissed from the Central Party Committee, the announcement said.

The Central Committee is the highest authority within the Communist Party of Vietnam, elected every five years by the Party National Congress.

The current 12th Central Committee has about 175 full members and 25 alternate members, and appoints the all-powerful Politburo.

The central committee is convening its sixth meeting in Hanoi, scheduled for October 4 to 10.

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