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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,”

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