HCMC – Chu Ngoc Anh has been ousted as chairman of Hanoi City by the municipal People’s Council for his involvement in Viet A Technology Corporation’s price gouging of Covid-19 test kits.
All the deputies of the council present at a meeting this afternoon, June 7, agreed to remove Anh from the post, the local media reported.
In March, the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission concluded that the leader of the Ministry of Science and Technology in the 2016-2021 tenure, Chu Ngoc Anh, showed a lack of responsibility, slack leadership and poor supervision. He also let some senior officials of the ministry and agencies violate Party and State regulations on the approval of agencies to sign contracts and assess, manage, inspect, supervise and pay costs for the research and production of Covid-19 test kits of the Vietnam Military Medical Academy.
At its extraordinary meeting in Hanoi on June 6, the Party Central Committee decided to expel Chu Ngoc Anh from the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Chu Ngoc Anh, aged 57, who lives in Hanoi City, served as Minister of Science and Technology from April 2016 to September 2020. He was elected as chairman of Hanoi City in September 2020.
This is the second time the Hanoi People’s Council has removed the Hanoi leader over the past two years. Chu Ngoc Anh’s predecessor was Nguyen Duc Chung.