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13th National Assembly convenes final session

Released at: 17:49, 21/03/2016

13th National Assembly convenes final session

Eleventh and last session to focus on elections of senior government leaders.

by Minh Tien

The 13th National Assembly opened its 11th and final session on March 21, with half of the session to be dedicated to planning for elections in leading positions, including the National Assembly Chairman, the State President, and the Prime Minister.

Elections are to take place from March 31 to April 12, with positions at the ministerial level awaiting proposals from the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will move on from his post on April 6 and a new government leader elected on April 7.

Regarding elections being carried out three months earlier than usual, National Assembly General Secretary Nguyen Hanh Phuc said that 2016 is the first year of National Party Congress XII so the country needs a new driving force and cannot wait for the first session of the new 14th National Assembly to be convened in July.

Earlier, National Party Congress XII, held in January, proposed the current Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, become Chairwoman, the current Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang become the State President, and the current Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc become the new Prime Minister.

At this 11th session the National Assembly will also review the State’s achievements in the 2011-2015 period and determine goals for the 2016-2020 period.

The National Assembly is also expected to pass some draft laws, including the Law on Information Access, the Press Law (amended), the Pharmaceuticals Law (amended), and the Law on Value-Added Tax (amended). New regulations are expected to lay the platform for the implementation of the 2013 Constitution.

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