Vietnam government sees new faces but policy shift unlikely

Vietnam government sees new faces but policy shift unlikely
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Vietnam completed a protracted leadership transition on Saturday, with 21 new faces in a cabinet tasked with reforming an economy seeing galloping growth but dogged by privatization and public debt problems.

Parliament approved a 27-member lineup that retains some important figures from a government credited with driving a pro-business agenda, including finance minister Dinh Tien Dung and deputy premiers Vu Duc Dam and Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister.

The cabinet, which was announced on state television, has one woman, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who keeps her post as health minister.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 61, was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, replacing two-term premier Nguyen Tan Dung.

Dung's take-charge approach and pursuit of stronger U.S. ties shook up Vietnam's often uneventful politics and won him plaudits, though his administration was dogged by a banking crisis and a graft-ridden state sector.

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