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VIETNAM

In Vietnam, governmental policy is largely the prerogative of the communist leadership, with policy being set by the Politburo and its five-man Standing Board, which oversees day-to-day policy implementation. The most important political institution in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Communist Party (formerly the Vietnam Worker's Party) headed by Secretary General Le Kha Phieu. The large and unwieldy Party Congress, which gathers every five years, last met in 1996. The Central Committee membership, which is elected from this group, represents less than 10% of the national congress and usually meets twice a year. The Party's popular support appears to be diminishing throughout Vietnam as the rate of new membership has decreased since the 1980s.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
General Secretary, Communist Party of Vietnam Nong Duc Manh,
President Tran Duc Luong,
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai,
First Dep. Prime Min. Nguyen Tan Dung,
Dep. Prime Min. Vu Khoan,
Dep. Prime Min. Pham Gia Khiem,
Min. of Agriculture & Rural Development Le Huy Ngo,
Min. of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan,
Min. of Culture & Information Pham Quang Nghi,
Min. of Education & Training Nguyen Minh Hien,
Min. of Finance Nguyen Sinh Hung,
Min. of Fisheries Ta Quang Ngoc,
Min. of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Dy Nien,
Min. of Home Affairs Do Quang Trung,
Min. of Industry Hoang Trung Hai,
Min. of Justice Uong Chu Luu,
Min. of Labor, War Invalids, & Social Welfare Nguyen Thi Hang,
Min. of National Defense Pham Van Tra, Sr. Lt. Gen.
Min. of Natural Resources & Environment Mai Ai Truc,
Min. of Planning & Investment Vo Hong Phuc,
Min. of Posts, Telecommunications, & Technology Do Trung Ta,
Min. of Public Health Tran Thi Trung Chien, M.D.
Min. of Public Security Le Hong Anh,
Min. of Science & Technology Hoang Van Phong,
Min. of Trade Truong Dinh Tuyen,
Min. of Transportation & Communications Dao Dinh Binh,
Chmn., National Assembly Nguyen Van An,
Chmn., State Ethnic Minorities Ctte. Ksor Phuoc,
Chmn., State Inspection Ctte. Quach Le Thanh,
Chmn., State Population, Family and Child Affairs
Chmn., State Sports, & Physical Training Affairs Ctte. Nguyen Danh Thai,
Chmn., Govt. Office Doan Manh Giao,
Governor, State Bank Le Duc Thuy,
Chief, People's Army of Vietnam Phung Quang Thanh, Lt. Gen.
Ambassador to the US Nguyen Tam Chien,
Permanent Representative to the UN New York Nguyen Thanh Chau ,