elects new president (27 June 2006)
legislators on Tuesday elected Communist Party
chief for Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Minh Triet, as
the country's new president in a continuing
63, an economic reformer and the sole candidate
for the job, won overwhelming backing from the
National Assembly with 94 percent of the vote.
is an honor, but also a heavy responsibility the
party and people assigned to me," Triet said
in his acceptance speech. "I swear to try my
best to serve the country, serve the people and
fulfill the job of president."
in turn, nominated Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen
Tan Dung, 56, to become the next prime minister.
the weekend, the lawmaking body cleared the way
for the new leaders after approving the
resignation of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, 72,
President Tran Duc Luong, 69, and National
Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, 69.
Monday, the assembly elected Nguyen Phu Trong, 62,
Communist Party chief for Hanoi, as the new
chairman of the legislature.
is a one-party state with a collective style of
leadership. The prime minister is in charge of
overseeing the government's day-to-day workings,
while the president holds a more ceremonial
position. The country's most powerful leader is
the head of the Communist Party.
from the southern province of Binh Duong, spent
most of his time during the Vietnam War promoting
communist ideals to young people. He was appointed
party chief of southern Song Be province in 1992
and guided the largely agricultural province into
one of most attractive places for foreign
Tuesday he praised the country's successes, but
said much work remained.
the past years, the renewal process was initiated
and our party has recorded great
achievements," he said. "However, there
are a lot of difficulties and challenges lying
ahead of us."
was elected to the all-powerful Politburo in 1997
and became head of the Communist Party in
Vietnam's southern economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City,
year later, he was at the helm when underworld
kingpin Truong Van Cam, known as Nam Cam, was
Cam was the star of the communist country's
biggest-ever criminal trial in 2003. The
proceedings involved 155 defendants, including
police officers and high-ranking government
officials. Nam Cam was convicted of murder and
bribery and was executed by firing squad along
with four of his associates.
National Assembly was expected to vote on the new
prime minister later Tuesday.
legislators also are expected to approve the
appointments of six other positions, including the
ministers of defense, foreign affairs and
transport, before wrapping up its six-week session
on Thursday. International Herald Tribune
British singer to appear at Vietnam's appeal court
(8 June 2006)
Glitter, an ex-rocker from Britain, who received a
three-year imprisonment sentence for the charge of
molesting two Vietnamese children in 2005, are
scheduled to appear at the Vietnamese court of
appeal on June 15.
court of appeal regarding the case of Gary Glitter
is scheduled to take place on June 15 in Ho Chi
Minh City (southern Vietnam)," Le Dung,
spokesman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, told reporters here Thursday.
March 3, the People's Court of southern Ba Ria
Vung Tau province passed the verdict on the
62-year-old former singer, whose real name is Paul
Gadd, saying he molested two local girls, born in
1994 and 1993, in early 2005.
detained by Vietnamese police last November when
trying to board a flight for Thailand, had two
local sex partners who brought the two girls, a
niece of a partner and a friend of another
partner, to a villa in the province's Vung Tau
beach city rented by him.
the two children's visits to the villa, Glitter
molested them, the court of first instance said.
came to Vung Tau in December 2004, then left the
city, and came back in March 2005. He was
sentenced to four months' imprisonment in Britain
in 1999 for possession of around 4,000 images of
age of consent in Vietnam is 16. According to the
country's criminal law, sex with a minor is
punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and raping
a minor can be punished by death. Source:
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agencies acknowledge Vietnam's nutrition drive (7
is the only developing country coming close to the
target of reducing its child malnutrition rate to
less than 15% by 2015, said officials from the
World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Education Fund
The target was set by a WHO and UNICEF joint
project on fighting undernourishment in children
in developing countries.
Compared with other Southeast Asian countries,
Vietnam's malnutrition rate is lower than that of
Cambodia and Laos, but higher than that of the
Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore,
said Director of the Health Ministry's Nutrition
Institute Nguyen Cong Khan.
However, Khan added that the country's
undernourishment rate among children remains high,
particularly in northern mountainous areas, the
Central Highlands and Northern Central Vietnam.
The malnutrition reduction drive has moved slowly
and unsustainably in the southern central and
Mekong River Delta provinces due to natural
According to the Nutrition Institute, more than
1.8 million children nationwide are underweight,
over 2.1 million children are shorter than
average, and 337,000 suffer from serious
The Institute's director proposed that higher
priority be given to mountainous and disadvantaged
areas to help increase the proportion of
micronutrients in children's diets in these
In addition, he stressed that more informational
campaigns should be held to raise people's
awareness about the need to improve nutrition
quality for children, particularly those aged from
six months to three years.
The Nutrition Institution is conducting research
on adding micronutrients to certain kinds of foods
such as fish sauce, sugar, flour and biscuits. (VNA)