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Vietnam picks new PM and president for next 5 years

New prime minister Chinh vows to 'inherit and promote achievements'

Pham Minh Chinh swears in as Vietnam's prime minister at an official ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 5.   © VNA/Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's parliament on Monday elected Pham Minh Chinh, head of the Communist Party's Central Organization Committee, as prime minister, replacing Nguyen Xuan Phuc who will take on the largely ceremonial post of president.

The new leadership will try to keep the economy of the communist nation growing solidly -- a rarity during the pandemic -- and is expected to remain in power for the next five years.

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