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Vietnam


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Socialist Republic of Vietnam

        conventional short form:
        Vietnam

        local long form:
        Cong Hoa Chu Nghia Viet Nam

        local short form:
        Viet Nam

    • Abbreviation:
      SRV

    • Digraph:
      VM

    • Type:
      Communist state

    • Capital:
      Hanoi

    • Administrative divisions:
      50 provinces (tinh, singular and plural), 3 municipalities* (thu do, singular and plural); An Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Bac Thai, Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, Cao Bang, Dac Lac, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Gia Lai, Ha Bac, Ha Giang, Ha Noi*, Ha Tay, Ha Tinh, Hai Hung, Hai Phong*, Ho Chi Minh*, Hoa Binh, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Kon Tum, Lai Chau, Lam Dong, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Long An, Minh Hai, Nam Ha, Nghe An, Ninh Binh, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam-Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Quang Ninh, Quang Tri, Soc Trang, Son La, Song Be, Tay Ninh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Long, Vinh Phu, Yen Bai

    • 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 Le Duc ANH (since 23 September 1992)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Vo Van KIET (since 9 August 1991); First Deputy Prime Minister Phan Van KHAI (since 10 August 1991); Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen KHANH (since NA February 1987); Deputy Prime Minister Tran Duc LUONG (since NA February 1987)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the president on proposal of the prime minister and ratification of the Assembly

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        National Assembly (Quoc-Hoi):
        elections last held 19 July 1992 (next to be held NA July 1997); results - VCP is the only party; seats - (395 total) VCP or VCP-approved 395

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme People's Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      only party - Vietnam Communist Party (VCP), DO MUOI, general secretary

    • Member of:
      ACCT, AsDB, ASEAN (observer), CCC, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, NAM, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Liaison Officer Le Van BANG

        liaison office:
        address NA, Washington, DC

        mailing address:
        NA

        telephone:
        NA

        FAX:
        NA

        note:
        negotiations between representatives of the US and Vietnam concluded 28 January 1995 with the signing of an agreement to establish liaison offices in Hanoi and Washington

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Liaison Officer James HALL

        liaison office:
        address NA, Hanoi

        mailing address:
        NA

        telephone:
        NA

        FAX:
        NA

        note:
        negotiations between representatives of the US and Vietnam concluded 28 January 1995 with the signing of an agreement to establish liaison offices in Hanoi and Washington

    • Flag:
      red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center






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