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Vietnamese president resigns after bribery scandal

Vietnamese president resigns after bribery scandal

Vietnamese president resigns after bribery scandal

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam accepted on Tuesday the resignation of the country’s hitherto president, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is leaving office along with his posts in the party’s leading bodies, the local press reported.

Phuc69, becomes the first president to leave office before the end of his term, which began just two years ago, after serving for five years as prime minister with great popularity for his management of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 in Vietnam.

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According to the Tuoi Tre newspaper, Phuc He resigned after assuming responsibility for the involvement of senior officials in his cabinet in a bribery scandal on repatriation flights during the pandemic.

The resignation, which according to most analysts is a covert dismissal, came after days of strong rumors about his departure from office after the departure of some of his closest collaborators from the Government and the leading bodies of the Party: former deputy prime ministers Pham Minh Binh and Vu Duc Dam.

Analyst Le Hong Hiep, from the Yusof Ishak Institute, pointed out today in an article in the Fulcrum publication that there were rumors on social networks that the wife of Phuc was implicated in this scandal, for which some 40 government officials, diplomats and businessmen have been prosecuted.

Since Vietnam closed its borders in March 2020 until its reopening two years later, only national or foreign workers recognized by the authorities as skilled labor or Vietnamese who took advantage of the more than 800 flights of repatriation organized by the authorities.

The difficulty in obtaining a seat on these flights prevented thousands of citizens from returning to their country for months and caused the appearance of corruption like the one that has ended up causing the president’s departure.

After the resignation of Phucthe position of president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will fall, at least temporarily, to the hitherto vice president, Vo Thi Anh Xuan, which must be ratified on Wednesday by the National Assembly.

Source: Elcomercio

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