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Two NA delegates dismissed in recent days

Released at: 13:04, 18/07/2016

Two NA delegates dismissed in recent days

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Delegates for Hau Giang and Hanoi dismissed on July 15 and 17.

by Nguyen Ha

Another National Assembly (NA) delegate has been dismissed after being found to hold dual citizenship, bringing the total number of delegates in the new legislature to 494 as preparations continue for its first gathering on July 20.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong, Chairwoman of Vietnam Investment Development (VID) - a private concern specializing in developing industrial parks in the north - was dismissed on July 17.

Born in 1970 in northern Nam Dinh province, Ms. Huong has dual citizenship and was therefore ineligible to stand under Vietnamese law, according to the National Election Council. She was a delegate for Hanoi in the 13th NA and was recently returned for the 14th NA in the 2016-2021 term.

The National Election Council also dismissed NA delegate for Hau Giang, Mr. Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Mekong Delta province, on July 15 after he was found to be responsible for poor management at a State-owned enterprise some years ago.

VID has invested in ten industrial parks in Hung Yen, Ha Nam and Hai Duong provinces in the north. Ms. Huong is also Chairwoman of TNG Holdings Vietnam, the investor in several urban area and apartment projects in Hanoi.

Ms. Huong’s husband, Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, born in 1969 in central Ha Tinh province, is currently Chairman of Maritime Bank. In 2011 the Maritime Bank's Assets Management Company (AMC) became a shareholder in Maritime Securities Incorporation (MSI) with 11 per cent stake, which was previously Standard Securities and was licensed in 2008.

Ms. Huong was reported to have sent a proposal that she “resign from her role as NA delegate.”

Mr. Thanh, meanwhile, was forced to “take responsibility” for losses of some VND3.2 trillion ($142 million) during his days at the helm of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission announced on July 11.

The new NA for the 2016-2021 tenure will gather for its first session on July 20, which is expected to last for ten days. High on the agenda is voting for key leadership positions, including President, Prime Minister and Chair of the NA, among others.

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