Vietnam PM censured
- Published: 16 Oct 2012 at 01.10
- Online news:
HANOI : Vietnam's prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership.
Nguyen Tan Dung, 62, while not mentioned directly, was seen as the target of a statement from a meeting of the Communist Party's 175-member Central Committee, in what amounted to one of the most stinging rebukes publicly issued by the secretive state in recent times.The 14-member politburo - the party's key decision-making body - "seriously criticised themselves and honestly admitted their mistakes", said communist party leader Nguyen Phu Trong in a speech broadcast by state media.He said the central committee had decided not to impose disciplinary measures "for the whole politburo and a member of the politburo".It had instead urged the group to "fix the mistakes, so that hostile forces could not distort the situation".Rising public dissatisfaction - expressed through increasingly spirited online discussion - has put Dung under growing pressure amid slowing economic growth, resurgent inflation, rampant corruption and banking turmoil.The prime minister, a former central bank governor whose second five-year term was approved by the by communist-controlled parliament in July 2011, is said to have become the country's most powerful prime minister ever.Seen as a moderniser when first appointed, Dung used his power to aggressively push for rapid economic growth, relying on...
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