15th National Assembly wraps up first session
The first session of the 15th National Assembly (NA) concluded in Hanoi on July 28.
At the closing meeting of the 15th NA's first session. (Photo: VNA)
At the closing meeting, all 469 deputies present or 93.99 percent of total lawmakers voted to pass the session’s Resolution.
Speaking at the event, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue said after nine consecutive days of working in a serious, democratic, solidarity, wise, and responsible manner, the legislature has successfully completed its agenda.
With high consensus, the NA approved and issued 29 resolutions, including 17 resolutions on organisation and personnel, 11 thematic resolutions, and one general resolution on the first session, promptly resolving immediate pressing issues and making decisions on important strategic and long-term ones.
At the session, the legislators elected the State President, NA Chairman, Prime Minister, Vice State President, Vice NA chairpersons, members of the NA Standing Committee, Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuracy, NA Secretary General, Chairperson of the Council for Ethnic Affairs, heads of NA committees, and State Auditor General.
It also ratified the appointment of Deputy PMs, ministers and other Cabinet members, and justices of the Supreme People’s Court, while approving a proposed list of Vice President and members of the National Defence and Security Council.
In addition, the lawmakers spent their time discussing and making decisions on plans for 2021 – 2025 regarding socio-economic development, national finance and public debt borrowing and payment, and middle-term public investment. They also decided on investment policy for the national target programmes on new-style rural development and on sustainable poverty reduction for the period.
The top legislator underscored that the first session delved into various important contents and took place amid complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Ho Chi Minh City and southern localities with a risk of wide spreading.
Given such context, the NA has agreed to shorten the session’s duration by eight days compared to the plan, he said.
15th National Assembly’s first session a success
The 15th National Assembly’s first session wrapped up in Hanoi on July 28 after nine days of sitting, three days earlier than schedule.
The legislature decided to add the issue of COVID-19 prevention and control to the session’s Resolution, creating a legal foundation for the Government and Prime Minister to more actively and flexibly direct the pandemic fight.
At the meeting, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong delivered a speech to the legislature, which highlighted orientations to help the NA continue renewing and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its activities.
The NA issued 29 Resolutions, including 17 resolutions on organisation and personnel, 11 thematic resolutions, and one general resolution on the first session. They also considered reports reviewing the implementation of plans and measures.
The legislature affirmed that under the leadership of the Politburo and the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat and the directions of the NA and relevant units, the elections of deputies to the 15th NA and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure have been a success.
Lawmakers decided on the number of the members of the NA Standing Committee, organisation structure of the Government and the number of Cabinet members.
They also elected and approved the appointment of 50 high-ranking State leaders and four Judges of the Supreme People’s Court.
Under the session’s Resolution, the NA affirmed that the entire political system, armed forces, people and business community joined efforts to overcome difficulties and challenges, curb the COVID-19 pandemic and fulfill socio-economic development and State budget tasks.
Amid the complicated developments of the pandemic, the NA asked the Government, PM, ministries, agencies and localities to actively grasp realities, continue adopting more drastic and effective measures to control the outbreak, cut the costs of conferences and domestic and foreign working trips by ministries, agencies and localities by at least a half, and save this year’s regular spending by additional 10 percent./.