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Vietnam appoints new prime minister

Choice of Nguyen Xuan Phuc seen as move back towards more consensus-based rule by party's conservative wing

Mr Phuc's election marks the completion of a five-yearly reshuffle of the Communist Party's top brass. He was the only candidate nominated for the position by party officials earlier this year.


VIETNAM's parliament approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the communist country's new prime minister on Thursday, handing him a five-year term and a range of tough challenges from domestic economic reforms to a simmering maritime dispute with China.

Mr Phuc, a former deputy prime

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