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496 NA delegates elected

Released at: 15:49, 09/06/2016

496 NA delegates elected

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National Election Council announces results of May 22 ballot.

by Quoc Uy

The National Election Council announced on June 9 that 496 out of a total of 870 candidates standing for the 14th National Assembly (NA) have been elected.

Elections were held nationwide on May 22, with an additional ballot held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on May 29.

The 500 seats on the 14th National Assembly will therefore not be fully occupied, as none of the remaining candidates could get over the finish line.

All 19 members of the Politburo, the most powerful body in the country, including Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, were elected.

Fifteen generals of the Vietnam People’s Army and three officials from the Ministry of Public Security were also elected.

Among the new NA members, two were elected from eleven independent candidates, down 0.4 per cent compared to the previous term, while 21 were elected from non-party candidates, down 4.2 per cent.

There are 317 first-time delegates in the NA.

Demographically, 86 are ethnic minorities (four less than expected), 133 are women (17 less than expected), and 14.30 per cent are under 40 years of age, 21 higher than expected.

In terms of education, 310 delegates, or 62.50 per cent, have post-graduate degrees and 180, or 36.30 per cent, are graduates.

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