Tough measures against officials for mismanagement

Tough measures have been and will be taken against officials for mismanagement, says General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Saturday said officials causing damage to the country will continue to be punished.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District , Trong ssaid there are also “other cases,” without elaborating.

“More will come, you should wait,” he said in response to a question.

Trong’s town hall was covered at length by the media. It is not unusual for top officials in Vietnam to meet with their constituents before members of the National Assembly gather. The legislative body is set to start its summer session on May 22, where the recent personnel changes are likely to be discussed again.

‘Many things that need to be done’

Last month, the Party also officially reprimanded former environment minister Nguyen Minh Quang, his two deputies Bui Cach Tuyen and Nguyen Thai Lai and former leader of Ha Tinh Province Vo Kim Cu. They were held responsible for the devastating toxic spill at Taiwan’s Formosa steel plant in Ha Tinh a year ago, a disaster officials said will set Vietnam’s economy back for many years to come.

Vietnam’s leaders are determined to act tough on corruption, Trong said, noting that “there will be many things that need to be done” in the fight against corruption.

He also dismissed rumors that the recent high-profile censure was a political purge.

The Party will handle all violations “strictly, legally and ethically,” Trong said.


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