Vietnam lawmakers appoint Pham Minh Chinh as new prime minister

Vietnam’s National Assembly confirmed the nomination of Pham Minh Chinh, a career security official, as the Southeast Asian country’s next prime minister at an official ceremony on Monday. Chinh, 62, was the sole nominee put forward by the ruling Communist Party for the post at a congress earlier this year. He won 96.25% of the… Read More Vietnam lawmakers appoint Pham Minh Chinh as new prime minister

Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak begins appeal against corruption conviction, jail sentence

Malaysia’s Court of Appeal on Monday began hearing a bid by former Prime Minister Najib Razak to set aside his conviction on corruption charges in a case linked to a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB. Najib, who was voted out in a historic 2018 election, faces several trials over allegations that $4.5 billion… Read More Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak begins appeal against corruption conviction, jail sentence