Leaders to be re-introduced to new National Assembly.
The Party Central Committee decided on July 7 to continue to formally re-introduce senior leaders of the State, the government and the National Assembly for the legislature’s new term of 2016-2021.
It was one of the major events of the 3rd Plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee that ended on July 7 in Hanoi. “The Party Central Committee agreed with the Politburo’s proposal to formally re-introduce senior leaders to the list of candidates to be voted on at the upcoming National Assembly (NA) session,” according to an announcement from the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) released on the government’s news portal on July 7.
“For the posts of President, Prime Minister, NA Chairman and other State leaders that were approved by the Party Central Committee at its 2nd Plenum in March, the Party Central Committee agreed to continue to re-introduce position holders,” the announcement continued.
The 13th NA voted on these positions in March, with Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan being elected as NA Chairwoman, Mr. Tran Dai Quang as President and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Prime Minister. Ms. Ngan was previously NA Deputy Chairwoman while Mr. Quang was Minister of Public Security and Mr. Phuc was a Deputy Prime Minister.
For senior positions not yet approved by the Party Central Committee at its 2nd plenum in March and other changes, the Party Central Committee agreed that the Politburo would formally re-introduce the list of candidates for voting by the new NA, it added.
Speaking on the closing day of the Plenum, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said that Vietnam’s economy has many indicators in its favor but faces tough times from challenges and difficulties caused by severe drought and natural disasters in the central highlands and the Mekong Delta and the recent coastal pollution incident in the central region while other social evils have been on the rise.
“We must make all effort to identify the best solutions to resolve these burning issues,” Mr. Trong said in his closing remarks. Priority will be given to socioeconomic development, State-owned enterprise restructuring, State budget restructuring, and the strengthening of Party cells together with increasing the fight against waste, corruption and bureaucracy.
The 3rd Plenum, which began on July 4, also discussed and approved regulations for the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, the Secretariat, and the Central Inspection Commission. There were also discussions on regulations on the enforcement of Party regulations, regulations on Party inspection, supervision, and discipline, and other important issues.
The National Assembly for the 2016-2021 term will hold its first session on July 20, lasting for ten days. High on the agenda will be discussions and the confirmation of votes for senior positions, including NA Chairman, President and Prime Minister.
This will be the 14th tenure of the NA following the May elections, with 496 delegates. Some 160 delegates were re-elected.
The new NA will also discuss the socioeconomic development plan in 2016 and other key issues such as public expenditure and the management of foreign loans. The NA is proposing the government provide reports on the marine environment to delegates.