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Defense Minister gets highest vote of confidence at NA

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang received the highest vote of confidence with 448 ballots cast in favor, followed by National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue with 437 ballots in favor.

The National Assembly (NA) today, October 25, conducted a vote of confidence for 44 top officials, the fourth such vote since 2013.

As per Resolution 96, officials who receive the number of “Low Confidence” ballots that account for half to two-thirds of the total should either resign or go through another vote of confidence. Those who have such votes more than two-thirds of the total may be recommended for dismissal by the NA.

NA deputies can choose High Confidence, Confidence or Low Confidence when they vote. Since the first vote of confidence was launched, no official has ever garnered more than 50% of low-confidence ballots.

The candidates subject to the vote of confidence normally include the president, prime minister, NA chair, chief justice of the Supreme People’s Court, head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, vice president, vice NA chair, standing members of the NA and the auditor general, as well as government ministers.

The voting procedure, previously conducted in 2013, 2014, and 2018, is designed to assess the level of confidence in individuals who are either elected or endorsed by the Assembly. For this year’s vote, officials were also required to submit a self-evaluation of their term’s performance, alongside the customary asset declaration.

The NA examined the submitted documents prior to the vote. This initiative aims to enhance the effectiveness of the Assembly’s oversight functions, optimize the operation of the state machinery, and evaluate the credibility and accomplishments of officials.

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