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At her first press conference following re-election, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also expresses determination to push the introduction of the Demonstration Law and touches on other issues of concern.
Newly-re-elected Chairwoman of the 14th National Assembly, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, promised on July 23 to push the introduction of the Demonstration Law as part of the legislature’s efforts to create a more democratic environment in Vietnam.
“There will no delay to introducing the law,” she said at her first press conference after her re-election as Chairwoman of the new NA for 2016-2021 term. “The country’s Constitution of 2013 stipulates clearly that it is the people’s right to demonstrate. Any delay is to ensure thorough study and research into the law is conducted.”
When the government submits the law to the NA it will review it carefully before being introducing it so as to guarantee a balance is struck between the people’s rights and the country’s interests.
Regarding the East Sea issue, she said it is a long-term task for the country as a whole, including the NA, while criticizing individuals and organizations who constantly appeal for Vietnam to be protected without adopting any concrete action and, hence, making the situation worse.
“These individuals and organizations appeal for something to be done but the problem is, what have they actually done for the country?” Ms. Ngan said. “They have done nothing. Vietnam will never accept such inflammatory words and action.”
Ms. Ngan, born in the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre province, also emphasized that the NA will continue to improve the democratic spirit among NA delegates while renewing the legislature’s activities. “NA delegates are encouraged to become closer to the people they represent and communicate more with the media,” she said. “The NA’s performance will be improved and closer match the people’s interests.”
She also vowed to improve the legislature’s supervisory tasks over important issues facing the country, such as environmental protection and sustainable development.
After the industrial pollution case involving Taiwan’s Formosa Steet Plant in north-central Ha Tinh province, Ms. Ngan said the NA would conduct independent reviews to ensure economic development will not impact negatively on the environment. “The NA will issue more regulations on environment protection and closely follow their implementation,” she said.
Mr. Vo Kim Cu, former Party Chief of Ha Tinh province, was reportedly refusing media inquiries regarding the pollution incident. Ms. Ngan said she would discuss the matter with Mr. Cu, who is also NA delegate for Ha Tinh province.
“As an NA delegate you have to talk with the media,” Ms. Ngan said. “When there are issues in your locality you have to provide timely and accurate information.”
The 14th NA’s first session re-elected Ms. Ngan to the position of NA Chairwoman on July 21 and voted on four other vice chairs and the NA’s Standing Committee of 18 members.
New faces on the committee are Mr. Nguyen Khac Dinh, Deputy Chairman of the Office of the Government, Mr. Phan Thanh Binh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City National University, and Mr. Vu Hong Thanh, Deputy Party Chief of Quang Ninh province.
The 494-member NA’s first session, which will last to July 29, will vote for the positions of President on July 25 and the Prime Minister and other offices before the session ends.
The current President is Mr. Tran Dai Quang, who was Minister of Public Security, while the Prime Minister is Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was formerly a Deputy Prime Minister.