Vietnam’s Party Central Committee on Friday gave its opinions on two candidates who will replace Deputy Prime Ministers (PMs) Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam so that the Politburo can recommend them to the 15th National Assembly (NA) for approval as new deputy PMs for the 2021-26 tenure.
However, the candidates who will replace Deputy PMs Minh and Dam remain unknown.
The Central Party Committee, at an extraordinary meeting on Friday afternoon, decided to relieve the two deputy PMs from the posts of members of the 13th Central Party Committee.
Deputy PM Minh is no longer a member of the all-powerful Politburo.
The dismissal of Deputy PMs Minh and Dam from the membership of the Party Central Committee means that they will no longer hold the posts of deputy prime ministers.
Under the prevailing regulations, the appointment and dismissal of deputy prime ministers will be approved by the NA.
Therefore, the dismissal of Minh and Dam and the approval of two candidates replacing them will be decided by the legislature.
Deputy PM Minh, 64, a native of northern Nam Dinh Province, was a member of the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Central Party Committee and a member of the 12th and 13th Politburo.
He used to hold the posts of deputy minister, permanent deputy minister, and minister of foreign affairs before being named the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.
|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Photo: Gia Han / Tuoi Tre|
Since April last year, he has served as the standing deputy prime minister.
Meanwhile, Deputy PM Dam, 59, a native of northern Hai Duong Province, was an alternate member of the 10th Party Central Committee and an official member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Party Central Committee.
Earlier, he held the posts of chairman of the People’s Committee of northern Quang Ninh Province, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, and minister and chairman of the Government Office.
He has served as a deputy prime minister since November 2013.
From 2020 to August 2021, Dam was the head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
NA General Secretary Bui Van Cuong on Wednesday announced that there would be an extraordinary meeting of the 15th NA.
The meeting was slated to begin on January 5 to discuss five important issues, including personnel.