The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has disciplined the country’s communications minister for approving a mobile phone operator’s purchase of a stake in a private pay TV provider, a deal that caused serious financial losses to the state.
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan was given a warning and removed as head of the ministry’s party organization following a meeting Thursday of the all-powerful Politburo chaired by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the party said on its website.
Le Nam Tra, former chairman of Mobifone, the country’s second largest mobile phone operator, and communications ministry official Pham Dinh Trong have been arrested for violating regulations when Mobifone bought a stake in Audio Visual Global joint stock company. (AP)
Neutrality rules overstepped:
Cambodia’s security forces are “actively campaigning” for the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a general election on July 29, in violation of a law requiring political neutrality, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 33 years, wants to ensure victory after two close elections in 2013 and 2017 with a crackdown on his critics, spurring many rights groups and the main opposition to call the vote a sham. He is widely expected to win the election after the Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last year, leaving no significant competitor for Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
“Basic democratic principles require the political neutrality of the military and police for elections to be free, fair, and credible,”