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Vietnam prime minister to step down after 10 years in office

FILE - in this April 27, 2015 file photo, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung waits for the plenary session of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dung stepped down Wednesday, April 6, 2016, after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

FILE - in this April 27, 2015 file photo, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung waits for the plenary session of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dung stepped down Wednesday, April 6, 2016, after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)  (The Associated Press)

Vietnam's prime minister is preparing to steps down after 10 years in office. Nguyen Tan Dung leaves behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China.

In a formality, the rubber-stamp National Assembly will vote later Wednesday to remove Dung, three months before the end of his term.

Dung's departure was widely expected after he lost a leadership battle during the ruling Communist Party's congress in January. Dung lost to Nguyen Phu Trong, who was re-elected party general secretary for a second five-year term.

The National Assembly is scheduled to appoint Dung's deputy, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as prime minister on Thursday.