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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Dung Faces First Confidence Vote

Vietnam’s lawmakers cast historic confidence votes today to decide the fate of the prime minister and senior leaders, after stumbles that last year prompted the premier to make a public apology to the communist nation.

Premier Nguyen Tan Dung, the country’s president and 45 other senior officials were scrutinized as the 499-member National Assembly cast secret ballots on their level of confidence in leaders for the first time. The results of the votes, a bid to bring greater accountability to government, will be announced tomorrow.