Vietnam Government


Country name: conventional long form: Socialist   Republic of Vietnam
local short form: Viet Nam
abbreviation: SRV
local long form: Cong Hoa Xa Hoi Chu Nghia Viet Nam
Government type: Communist state
Capital: Hanoi
Administrative divisions: 58 provinces (tinh, singular and   plural), and 3 municipalities (thu do, singular and plural)
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 Nguyen   Minh TRIET; Vice President Nguyen Thi DOAN
head of government: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan DUNG; Permanent Deputy Prime   Minister Nguyen Sinh HUNG, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung HAI, Deputy   Prime Minister Nguyen Thien NHAN, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia KHIEM, and   Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh TRONG
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by president based on proposal of prime minister   and confirmed by National Assembly
elections: president elected by the National Assembly from among its members   for five-year term; prime minister appointed by the president from among the   members of the National Assembly; deputy prime ministers appointed by the   prime minister; appointment of prime minister and deputy prime ministers   confirmed by National Assembly
Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or   Quoc-Hoi (498 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year   terms)
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)

SOURCES: The CIA World Factbook, U.S. Department of State, Area Handbook of the US Library of Congress

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