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Vietnam's Communist Party ousts top diplomat from Politburo

Two key officials kicked off from central committee over COVID-19 scandals

Vietnam Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The Vietnamese Communist Party on Friday removed Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is in charge of foreign policy, from its Politburo amid an ongoing crackdown on coronavirus-related scandals.

It is highly unusual for a member of the Politburo to be ousted from the key decision-making body.

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