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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Supporters of Vietnam’s prime minister have nominated him for a key Communist Party panel, a necessary step to contesting the post of the party chief, in a last-minute maneuver to secure the top job in the country. Delegates at a Communist Party congress nominated Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the Central Committee in what amounts to open defiance of the party chief, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who for years has been trying to sideline Dung. His nomination was announced by Vu Ngoc Hoang, a Central Committee member and deputy chair of the party’s propaganda and education commission, state-run newspaper Tuoi Tre reported Sunday.

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