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Vietnam's Yearend NA Session Decides Country's Crucial Issues
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/23/c_131995187.htm
Source Date: Monday, November 26, 2012
Focus: Health
Country: Viet Nam
Created: Nov 26, 2012

HANOI, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 13th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam closed its fourth session in capital Hanoi on Friday after deciding a number of the country's crucial issues. During the one- month session, law-makers have passed nine laws and two resolutions, among those requiring the top leaders to involve in annual confidence vote from 2013.

Nguyen Sinh Hung, NA Chairman said in his closing speech that 2013 is a transitional year for the country to begin a new development phase with new requirements for economic growth and solving social problems.

The pass of the Resolution on holding vote of confidence is an important change in the national political life, bringing the people' mastery to a higher level and encouraging officials to try harder in fulfilling their tasks as well as help competent agencies improve efficiency of activities of the State machinery, Hung said.

The NA Chairman also required officials at all levels to be fully aware of the responsibility in carrying out the vote of confidence effectively.

With 95.1 percent of approval, NA deputies have approved a framework allowing delegates to express "high confidence," " confidence" or "low confidence" in the officials from President, Prime Minister to Supreme Court Judge and Chief State Auditor.

Members of people's councils will also be allowed to apply a vote of confidence for positions including Chairman of the People' s Council and Chairman of the People's Committee, according to the Resolution.

Two consecutive annual "low confidence" rating from more than half of the legislature will trigger a no-confidence vote. Officials who receive votes of no confidence at this stage will be asked to stand down from their posts.

Also on Friday, deputies agreed on the Resolution on people's opinions on the draft amendment of the Constitution in 1992. One hundred percent of deputies shared the view that amending and supplementing the 1992 Constitution is crucial for the entire Party and people to fortify a political-legal foundation to serve the nation in the new development stage.

The amendments and supplements will be made public to garner people's comments from January 2, 2013 and tabled for approval by the NA by the end of the year.

Apart from the Resolution on conducting vote of confidence and on people's opinions on the draft amendment of the Constitution in 1992, Vietnamese law-makers have also approved nine laws including Law on State Reserve, Law on the Capital City and Law on Anti- corruption (amended), Law on Land (amended), and gave opinions to six draft other laws to ensure that they keep abreast with reality.

During the one-month session, NA deputies also unanimously defined goals for the year 2013 that will provide a foundation for the country to grow sustainable in the coming years.

The goals include stabilizing the macro-economy, keeping inflation lower but boosting economic growth higher than those in 2012, speeding up the implementation of adopted strategic breakthroughs to restructure the national economy and change its growth model, improving the effectiveness of external activities and international integration, reinforcing defense and security and ensuring social welfare and socio-political stability.
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