Vietnam's top lawmaker steps down

By Son Ha   May 2, 2024 | 02:41 am PT
Vietnam's top lawmaker steps down
Vuong Dinh Hue in his last time running a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting as its chairman, April 23, 2024. Photo courtesy of the National Assembly
Vuong Dinh Hue was dismissed from his position as chairman of the National Assembly for the 2021-2026 term following an extraordinary Thursday session.

Six days prior, Hue was granted approval by the Central Party Committee to be relieved of his positions as member of the Politburo, the Central Party Committee and chairman of the National Assembly per his personal request.

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 committee said.

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.

Vietnam's National Assembly convenes routinely for two sessions every year, and for extraordinary sessions when requested by the president, the NA's Standing Committee, the prime minister or at least a third of the deputies. The 15th National Assembly (2021-2026) has held six extraordinary meetings, including four involving personnel issues.

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