June 27, 2006

Youthful reformer Dung confirmed as Vietnam’s PM

HANOI (Reuters) - Economic reformer and career security
officer Nguyen Tan Dung took over on Tuesday as prime minister
of communist-run Vietnam, which has entered a period of
accelerated growth and deepening international ties.

Top of a younger generation coming to power, Dung's
confirmation on Tuesday by an open session of the one-party
parliament made him, at 56, the youngest prime minister since
the communists unified Vietnam in 1975 at the end of the U.S.

"Our urgent task is to quickly develop in a sustainable way
and pull the country out of backwardness and fight corruption,"
Dung said in a speech to the National Assembly, the country's
highest law-making body.

Dung was groomed for the job over eight years as deputy
prime minister to outgoing Phan Van Khai, 72, and he has had a
high public profile.

He takes office with Vietnam a regional leader in economic
growth and poised to join the World Trade Organization in

Born in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Dung came
through party ranks as a security officer and an advocate of
speeding up the 20-year-long process of economic