Vietnam's Party approves resignation of top lawmaker

By Son Ha   April 26, 2024 | 01:39 am PT
Vietnam's Party approves resignation of top lawmaker
National Assembly chairman Vuong Dinh Hue at an NA meeting, November 2023. Photo courtesy of the National Assembly
The Communist Party's Central Party Committee agreed to let Vuong Dinh Hue be relieved of his position as chairman of the 15th National Assemby following a Friday extraordinary session, per his personal request.

The announcement was made by the office of the committee right after the meeting.

The Committee said Hue is considered to be a key leader of the Party and the State. However, reports by the Central Inspection Committee and other authorities said that Hue has violated Party regulations, and his violations have affected the reputation of the Party, the State and himself.

Being aware of his responsibility before the Party, the State and the people, Hue resigned from all his positions, the committ said.

The National Assembly chairman position is officially elected by the assembly. Thus following the Party's extraordinary session, the National Assembly will begin the process of dismissal for Hue.

Four days prior, 48-year-old Pham Thai Ha, deputy head of the office of the National Assembly and assistant to Hue, was arrested over alleged power abuse.

Hue, 67, is a professor who holds a PhD in economics. He spent 22 years teaching and managing at Hanoi University of Finance and Accounting, which is now Vietnam Academy of Finance, before becoming the Auditor General from 2006 to 2011.

Hue has been a member of the Politburo and the Central Party Committee for several terms.

He was the minister of finance from 2011 to 2013, head of the Economic Commission from 2012 to 2016, and deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2020.

He was appointed Hanoi's Party Secretary in February 2020 before moving on to serve as chairman of the National Assembly in March 2021.

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