The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Vietnam PM Dung faces unprecedented call to quit


HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam's embattled premier on Wednesday faced an unprecedented call in the communist-dominated parliament to step down over mistakes in his stewardship of the troubled economy.

It is believed to be the first time ever that a Vietnamese prime minister has been publicly urged to resign by a member of the one-party state's 500-strong National Assembly.

"It's time to take real responsibility, not just apologise," lawmaker Duong Trung Quoc said as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung looked on calmly.

He urged Dung to "start the government's progress towards a resignation culture".