Re-elected Vietnam prime minister vows to defend sovereignty

July 26, 2016 8:29 AM

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HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam's prime minister vowed to defend the country's sovereignty in the South China Sea as he was re-elected by the rubber-stamp National Assembly.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc won 485 votes from 494 assembly deputies Tuesday. In his acceptance speech broadcast live on state television, Phuc called on parties to respect and comply with international law and not to further complicate the situation.

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