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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Nguyễn, but is often simplified to Nguyen in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Dũng.
Nguyễn Tấn Dũng

Assumed office 
27 June 2006
President Nguyễn Minh Triết
Deputy Phạm Gia Khiêm, Nguyễn Sinh Hùng, Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, Hoàng Trung Hải, Trương Vĩnh Trọng
Preceded by Phan Văn Khải

Born 17 November 1949 (1949-11-17) (age 60)
Cà Mau, Vietnam
Political party Communist Party of Vietnam

Nguyễn Tấn Dũng (born November 17, 1949 in Cà Mau province) is the prime minister of Vietnam. He was confirmed by the National Assembly on June 27, 2006, having been nominated by his predecessor, Phan Văn Khải, who retired from office. Dũng is currently ranked fourth in the hierarchy of the Communist Party of Vietnam.


Nguyễn Tấn Dũng was born in Cà Mau province in Southern Vietnam. Precisely on his 12th birthday (November 17, 1961), the young Nguyễn Tấn Dũng voluntarily joined the military arm of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, later part of the Vietnam People's Army, doing first-aid, and communication tasks; he also worked as a nurse, and a physician. Dũng was four times wounded in the Vietnam War, and was later ranked as a level 2/4 wounded veteran. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law (doctor of jurisprudence) following the end of the war.

Dũng previously served as First Deputy Prime Minister from September 29, 1997. He was also the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam between 1998 and 1999. He was admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam on June 10, 1967, then joined the army as a full-fledged fighter and was subsequently elected a member of the Party’s Politburo at the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth National Party Congresses.[1]

He is the first senior Vietnamese communist leader who was born after the August Revolution in 1945 and the youngest Vietnamese Prime Minister (57 years old when he assumed the office). He is also a native southerner and remained in the southern region throughout the Vietnam War (he was only 5 when the country was divided in 1954).

He was reelected by the Communist Party on July 25, 2007.[2]

In 2009, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made a two day visit to Russia where he signed a multi-billion dollar arms deal.[3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Phan Văn Khải
Prime Minister of Vietnam


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