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Vietnam’s health minister to step down next month

Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:32 GMT+7
Vietnam’s health minister to step down next month
Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien speaks during a session of the law-making National Assembly. Photo: Quochoi.vn

Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien is expected to be dismissed next month following a proposal from the prime minister.

Members of the law-making National Assembly (NA) will cast their ballots to approve the dismissal of Minister Tien on November 25, according to Nguyen Hanh Phuc, the NA’s general secretary.

The vote will be held as part of the agenda of the eighth session of the legislative body, which is scheduled for October 21 to 27.

Aside from Tien, the NA delegates will also carry out the procedure to relieve Nguyen Khac Dinh of his position as a member of the NA Standing Committee and chairman of the NA Law Committee.

Dinh is expected to be appointed secretary of the Party Committee in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.

During the upcoming session, a list of candidates to replace Dinh will be voted on by the NA.

However, the agenda of the sitting does not include a similar procedure to appoint a new health minister.

In accordance with the law, the prime minister will be authorized to assign an acting health minister after Tien is officially relieved of her duty.

Born in 1959 in the north-central province of Ha Tinh, Tien has been minister of health since 2011.

She is an associate professor of medicine and is fluent in English and French.

Tien previously studied at the Hanoi Medical University.

In July, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc appointed Tien as head of a committee in charge of protection and care for the well-being of central officials under the Party Central Committee.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam was made secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Health.

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