The Vietnamese parliament has elected former Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country’s new Prime Minister. In a formal vote, 446 of the 490 members in the National Assembly voted to elect Phuc, 61, as the head of government. Phuc was chosen to replace Nguyen Tan Dung, who was relieved from the duty of Vietnamese prime minister earlier this week.
“I swear to be absolutely loyal to the nation, the people and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” Phuc said. He also pledged to make every effort to fulfill the duty assigned by the Vietnamese party, the state and the people.
Phuc takes office at a time when the country is crippled with soaring public debt, a serious budget deficit, China’s territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea, as well as an unprecedented drought and salt intrusion in the country’s main rice-growing region of the southern Mekong Delta.