Vietnam's prime minister survives confidence vote, but with weakened position

Vietnam's prime minister has survived a non-confidence ballot in the national assembly, but with his position weakened after more than 30 percent of its members voted against him.

Premier Nguyen Tan Dung faced the test along with 48 other high officials on Tuesday, the first of what will be an annual exercise aimed at showing the country that its leaders are accountable.

Dung's handling of the economy has put him under internal and public pressure.

Assembly members got to vote on whether they had "high confidence," ''confidence" or "low confidence" in the officials.

The implications of the voting were vague, but some interpretations suggested officials with a 60 percent "low confidence vote" might have to resign.

Dung received 130 "low confidence" votes out of 498 ballots.