The 15th National Assembly (NA) convened its first session in Ha Noi on July 20 morning.
The 15th National Assembly (NA) convened its first session in Ha Noi on July 20 morning. Photo: VNA
The session is being broadcast live on channels of the Voice of Vietnam (VOV1), Vietnam Television (VTV), and NA television.
Prior to the meeting, leaders of the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front and NA deputies paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. The lawmakers also laid wreaths at the Heroic Martyrs’ Monument in Ha Noi.
Following the opening remarks by Chairman of the 14th NA Vuong Dinh Hue, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivered a speech at the session.
Tran Thanh Man, Vice Chairman of the 14th NA and deputy head of the National Election Council, then presented a report reviewing the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils for 2021-2026.
Another report on the verification of eligibility of deputies to the 15th NA was also tabled for discussion.
During the session, the legislative body will elect and approve leadership positions of State agencies, and mull over reports on socio-economic development and other major issues.
Deputies at the first session. Photo: VNA
Notably, the legislature will consider and decide the numbers of NA Vice Chairpersons and members of the NA Standing Committee, and elect NA Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons, members of the NA Standing Committee, NA Secretary General, Chairperson of the NA Council for Ethnic Affairs, heads of NA committees, and State Auditor General.
It will elect State President, Prime Minister, Vice State Presidents, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, and Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuracy.
The NA will also decide the structure and number of Cabinet members, and ratify the appointment of Deputy PMs, Ministers and other Cabinet members, along with the list of Vice Chairperson and members of the Council of National Defence and Security (if any), and the appointment of judges of the Supreme People’s Court.
After the elections, the NA Chairperson, State President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court will take the oath of office.
The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee is scheduled to present a report gathering opinions of voters sent to the first session.
The legislature will also consider and adopt resolutions on the programme on law and ordinance building in 2022, the 2022 supervision programme, and the establishment of a group in charge of thematic supervision.
In his opening remarks, Hue highlighted the elections of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level People’s Councils for 2021-2026, saying the voter turnout of 99.6 percent has reflected the public’s high sense of responsibility and trust in the Party and State.
The success of the elections has also demonstrated the strength of the great national unity bloc, he stressed.
Pointing out difficulties and challenges facing the country amidst the fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks, he urged deputies of the 15th NA to uphold their sense of responsibility and raise initiatives to help the legislature improve its operational quality and efficiency.
The success of the first session will create important premise and momentum for legislative activities in the 15th tenure, he said.
The meeting is scheduled to last until July 31.