Hanoi ‘too slow’ in resolving issues: Party chief

By Vo Hai   October 14, 2020 | 12:32 am PT
Hanoi ‘too slow’ in resolving issues: Party chief
Party chief, President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at a meeting with the people in Hanoi, October 14, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai.
Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong said Hanoi is “too slow” in resolving many issues at a meeting with the people on Wednesday.

He cited several issues, including long-standing pollution at the To Lich River, which runs 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) through the downtown districts of Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai and Thanh Tri, compensation disputes for residents near the Nam Son waste treatment plant, the capital's largest landfill, and the continual delays on Hanoi’s metro lines, as examples.

Hanoi, as the "face of the nation" and Vietnam’s economic and political hub, needs to "set an example for the whole country to follow," said Trong, adding the responsibility to do so involves each capital official and citizen.

However, management might be difficult as Hanoi is packed with migrants from across the country, major ministries, universities, institutions and embassies, Trong said.

He said he hoped the addition of newly elected personnel at the Party Congress, which wrapped up Tuesday, would help the city follow a new and better development path.

At Hanoi’s 17th Party Congress on Monday, Vuong Dinh Hue was reelected Hanoi Party Committee secretary, a position he has held since February, for the 2020-2025 term while Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, 55, was reelected deputy secretary. Anh is also chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, taking over last month from Nguyen Duc Chung, who faces a criminal investigation.

Three more new deputy secretaries were elected at the congress, Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, currently deputy chairman of the People’s Council, Nguyen Van Phong, head of the committee’s propaganda department, and Nguyen Thi Tuyen, head of its public relations arm.

Top officials in Vietnam often meet with their constituents before members of the National Assembly gather.

The legislative body is set to start its winter session on October 20, when lawmakers are expected to spend 24 days discussing a number of new and revised laws along with major personnel changes.

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