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NA chairwoman calls on people to calm down over draft laws
Monday,  Jun 11, 2018,15:25 (GMT+7)

NA chairwoman calls on people to calm down over draft laws

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan - PHOTO: TTXVN

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan today, June 11, called on the people to refrain from impulsive agitation and mass protests over the draft law on the Special Administrative and Economic Units, stressing central authorities always heed to the public voices, especially when it comes to important issues of the country.

People in numerous provinces and cities have taken to the street since Sunday to protest the draft law, blocking traffic, causing widespread social disorder and in several instances clashing with police. In Binh Thuan Province, demonstrators even stormed into the building of the provincial People’s Committee in an act that amounted to sabotage.

The protests have stemmed from public disagreement on the draft law with a provision to offer long land lease of up to 99 years for investors, which many said may compromise the country’s sovereignty. However, days ago, the Government agreed to revise the land lease term in the provision to 70 years in accordance with the prevailing Land Law, and sought the National Assembly Standing Committee’s approval to adjorn a vote of the draft law to the next NA sitting instead of June 15 as initially scheduled.

The NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan noted in Nguoi Lao Dong that the people may have had their patriotism played into by certain elements, and have joined widespread demonstrations on June 10 that caused traffic jams and affected others’ lives.

“The NA hopes the people to calm down and have trust in the Party’s decision and the State, especially with regards to the draft laws being debated,” Ngan said, stressing that the NA will listen to public feedback.

Earlier today, the NA in its plenary session also cast a vote on delaying the draft law on the Special Administrative and Economic Units. Up to 423 out of 432 deputies present, or 85.63% of the total, pushed buttons for adjourning a vote on the draft law on Special Administrative and Economic Units until the NA’s sixth sitting later this year.

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