HANOI, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Chairman and chief executive officer of state-run Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel), major general Nguyen Manh Hung, became Vietnam's Acting Minister of Information and Communications (MIC), the government portal announced on Wednesday.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc decided to assign the position of MIC to the 56-year-old general, two days after the Political Bureau under the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee appointed Hung as head of the Party Committee of the MIC.
Huang has served as Viettel's CEO since 2014 and also as its chairman since last month.
Viettel has become one of the world's 15 largest telecommunications providers with nearly 100 million subscribers in Vietnam and some other foreign countries, Hung was quoted by Vietnam News Agency last month.
Viettel has expanded its operations to telecommunications-electronics, high-tech weapon, and cyber security industries, he noted.
Huang's appointment followed the dismissal of his predecessor Truong Minh Tuan earlier this month. Tuan was also suspended as information minister by Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Monday.
Tuan must bear responsibility for the violations and wrongdoings committed by the ministry's party committee during the 2011-2016 term when he was serving as a member of the ministry's party committee and deputy minister of the ministry.