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NA to conduct vote of confidence next Wednesday
By Van Ly
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NA to conduct vote of confidence next Wednesday

By Van Ly

A view of the Meeting Hall of the National Assembly – PHOTO: QUOCHOI.VN

HANOI – The National Assembly (NA) is scheduled to conduct a vote of confidence next Wednesday, October 24, on those holding positions for which they were elected or approved by the law-making body during the upcoming sitting, NA General Secretary Nguyen Hanh Phuc said at a meeting on October 18.

The 6th NA sitting will launch next Monday, October 22, and last for 24 days, excluding weekends, before concluding on November 21, according to the NA official.

The vote of confidence will be made before question-and-answer sessions to guarantee equality among those being voted on, he noted.

During the session, lawmakers will elect the new State President – with Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong being the sole candidate, consider the dismissal of Truong Minh Tuan from the post of Minister of Information and Communications and vote on the appointment of his replacement, Nguyen Manh Hung, former chairman and general director of the Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group.

Legislators are expected to discuss the approval of nine draft laws during the sitting, including those on Anti-corruption, the People’s Public Security Force, and Amnesty. They are also likely to approve a draft resolution ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and relevant documents.

In addition, they will look into the draft revised laws on Education, Tax Management and Public Investment and the draft laws on Architecture and the Prevention and Control of Alcohol and Beer’s Harm, and will make amendments to the Law on Execution of Criminal Convictions.

The NA will also review reports on socioeconomic development and the State budget, along with making revisions to the medium-term public investment plan and the national financial plan for the 2016-2020 period.

Phuc, who also serves as the NA Secretary General, added that the performance of the Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court and the Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Government’s capacity for combating crime and corruption, as well as the settlement of citizens’ complaints and denunciations were also among issues high on the agenda.

Fifteen plenary meetings of the session are set to be broadcast live on radio and television.

Earlier, the Government sent to the NA a report on the socioeconomic development plan for the 2016-2018 period.

The report stated that macroeconomic stability had created a driving force behind the socioeconomic growth during the period. The economic structure has witnessed a shift from a proportional reduction in agriculture, forestry and fisheries to an increase in manufacturing, construction and services.

The report noted that inflation was under control, while the total revenue of the State budget in 2016 and 2017 exceeded estimates. Further, exchange rates and interest rates were stable, and liquidity at credit institutions was guaranteed.

The trade balance has shifted from deficit to surplus. Last year was the first time that outbound sales exceeded US$200 billion.

Total development capital for the three-year period is estimated at some 33.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP), meeting the average target of the 2016-2020 period at 32%-34% of GDP.

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