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Ministry has no authority to decide deputy minister’s resignation
Lan Nhi
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Ministry has no authority to decide deputy minister’s resignation

Lan Nhi

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa - PHOTO: VOV

HANOI - The Ministry of Industry and Trade has received a resignation letter from Deputy Minister Ho Thi Kim Thoa but it does not have the authority to make a decision to this effect.

Thoa tendered her resignation in a letter sent to the minister after the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission announced disciplinary measures against her on July 31 and proposed dismissing Thoa from all her duties.

Thoa was disciplined for signing a decision appointing Trinh Xuan Thanh to several positions at the Ministry of Industry and Trade on behalf of former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang. Thanh then violated State regulations and caused serious losses for PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC) where he served as chairman.

Thoa and her family members own a combined stake worth over VND700 billion (nearly US$31 million) in Dien Quang Lamp JSC. Before equitization, Dien Quang was a State-owned enterprise and run by Thoa as general director for several years.

Thoa was alleged to have wrongfully declared her assets and incomes, and violate regulations on equitization. 

The appointment or demotion of deputy ministers or higher positions do not fall within the competence of ministries. According to the current regulations, the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat would decide Thoa’s resignation.

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