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June 17, 2024

Government of Vietnam Filling Personnel Vacancies

Vietnam Independence Palace
June 17, 2024

Following a number of changes in top political positions in May, the Government of Vietnam announced several new appointments to fill vacancies in key areas. On June 6, during the 7th session of the 15th National Assembly, notable appointments were announced:

  • Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long as Deputy Prime Minister

  • Vice Minister of Public Security Luong Tam Quang as Minister of Public Security

  • Deputy Head of the Party Central Organization Committee Nguyen Thi Thanh as Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly.

New Deputy Prime Minister Le Thanh Long has filled one of the Deputy Prime Minister vacancies. Serving as Minister of Justice since 2016, he has had a long career in the Ministry of Justice since 1987. Born in 1963, Deputy PM Long holds a Ph.D. in Law. His appointment restores the Vietnamese government's structure to four Deputy Prime Ministers: Le Minh Khai, Tran Hong Ha, Tran Luu Quang, and Le Thanh Long.

Senior Lieutenant General Luong Tam Quang, born in 1963, assumes the role of Minister of Public Security (MPS), succeeding General To Lam, who now serves as President of Vietnam. Minister Quang has held various senior roles in the Ministry of Public Security, including Head of the Economic Security Department, Chief of Staff, Spokesperson, and Head of the Security Investigation Agency. He has played a key role in high-profile corruption investigations and serves as president of the National Cybersecurity Association for the term 2023-2028.

Other notable shifts include Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc succeeding Le Minh Hung (who was recently appointed as member of the Politburo) as Chairman of the Party’s Office of the Central Committee. Additionally, Lieutenant General To An Xo, formerly serving as spokesperson of MPS, has transitioned to the State President's Office, where he is expected to assume the role of assistant to President To Lam.

Additional notable appointments within various ministries were also announced. On June 4, the Prime Minister appointed Nguyen Hoang Long, the Ambassador to the UK, as Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade (MOIT), filling one of the vacancies left by the removal of several MOIT deputy ministers involved in a corruption campaign. Born in 1976, Long has previously served as Ambassador to Italy, the UK, and Northern Ireland, and as Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier, on May 30, the Prime Minister appointed Truong Hai Long, Chairman of the Gia Lai Provincial People’s Committee, as the new Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

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