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Vietnam's reformist prime minister Vo Van Kiet was re-elected by the National Assembly on Thursday for a five-year term, an official newspaper reported.

Kiet, 69, has been influential in dismantling Stalinist-style central planning and building a market economy. A southerner ranked No. 3 in the Communist Party politburo, he was the sole candidate for the post.Once a political commissar for the Viet Cong, Kiet has been a key advocate of free-market reforms that transformed Vietnam from an economic disaster in the early 1980s to a country self-sufficient in rice and enjoying its first trade surplus.