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    Vietnam Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
      conventional short form: Vietnam
      local long form: Cong Hoa Chu Nghia Viet Nam
      local short form: Viet Nam
      abbreviation: SRV

      Data code VM

      Government type Communist state

      National capital Hanoi

      Administrative divisions 50 provinces (tinh, singular and plural), 3 municipalities* (thu do, singular and plural); An Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Bac Thai, Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Cao Bang, Dac Lac, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Gia Lai, Ha Bac, Ha Giang, Ha Noi*, Ha Tay, Ha Tinh, Hai Hung, Hai Phong*, Ho Chi Minh*, Hoa Binh, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Kon Tum, Lai Chau, Lam Dong, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Long An, Minh Hai, Nam Ha, Nghe An, Ninh Binh, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam-Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Quang Ninh, Quang Tri, Soc Trang, Son La, Song Be, Tay Ninh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Long, Vinh Phu, Yen Bai
      note: eight existing provinces (Bac Thai, Ha Bac, Hai Hung, Minh Hai, Nam Ha, Quang Nam-Da Nang, Song Be, and Vinh Phu) may have been abolished and from their territory 15 new provinces and one new municipality* (Bac Can, Bac Giang, Bac Lieu, Bac Ninh, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ca Mau, Da Nang City*, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho, Quang Nam, Thai Nguyen, and Vinh Phuc) may have been created

      Independence 2 September 1945 (from France)

      National holiday Independence Day, 2 September (1945)

      Constitution 15 April 1992

      Legal system based on communist legal theory and French civil law system

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Tran Duc LUONG (since 24 September 1997) and Vice President Nguyen Thi BINH (since NA October 1992)
      head of government: Prime Minister Phan Van KHAI (since 25 September 1997); First Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan DUNG (since 29 September 1997); Deputy Prime Ministers Nguyen Cong TAN (since 29 September 1997), Ngo Xuan LOC (since 29 September 1997), Nguyen Manh CAM (since 29 September 1997), and Pham Gia KHIEM (since 29 September 1997)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the proposal of the prime minister and ratification of the National Assembly
      elections: president elected by the National Assembly from among its members for a five-year term; election last held 25 September 1997 (next to be held when National Assembly meets following legislative elections in NA 2002); prime minister appointed by the president from among the members of the National Assembly; deputy prime ministers appointed by the prime minister
      election results: Tran Duc LUONG elected president; percent of National Assembly vote - NA

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Quoc-Hoi (450 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 20 July 1997 (next to be held NA 2002)
      election results: percent of vote by party - CPV 92%, other 8% (the 8% are not CPV members but are approved by the CPV to stand for election); seats by party - CPV or CPV-approved 450

      Judicial branch Supreme People's Court, chief justice is elected for a five-year term by the National Assembly on the recommendation of the president

      Political parties and leaders only party - Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Le Kha PHIEU, general secretary

      International organization participation will become a member at the next APEC meeting in the fall of 1998, ACCT, AsDB, ASEAN, CCC, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, NAM, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (applicant)

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador LE VAN BANG
      chancery: 1233 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, Suite 501
      telephone: [1] (202) 861-0737
      FAX: [1] (202) 861-0917

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson
      embassy: 7 Lang Ha Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
      mailing address: PSC 461, Box 400, FPO AP 96521-0002
      telephone: [84] (4) 8431500
      FAX: [84] (4) 8350484 or 8431510

      Flag description red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center

      NOTE: The information regarding Vietnam on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Vietnam Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Vietnam Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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