Vietnam may have first National Assembly Chairwoman this week
Vietnamese legislators are set to elect the country's new National Assembly chairperson via secret ballot on March 31.
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (middle) is the nominee for the new National Assembly Chairperson
On the morning of March 30, the NA will listen to the report of the National Assembly Standing Committee on the dismissal of the National Assembly Chair – the Chair of the National Election Council.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung is expected to give a speech to conclude his term on March 30 before officially stepping down from the position on the same day.
The Vice Chair of the National Assembly - Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan - is the only candidate for the position of the head of the highest organ of the state, replacing NA Chair Nguyen Sinh Hung.
A day after the secret ballot on March 30, the National Assembly will pass the Resolution on the election of the new NA Chair and the newly-voted Chair will be sworn in before the NA.
If elected, Ngan will become the first Chairwoman in the history of Vietnam's National Assembly, as well as the first woman who holds the most important position of the Party and Stateof Vietnam.
Similarly, the NA Standing Committee will ask the National Assembly to dismiss the President and submit the list of nominees to the National Assembly to elect the new head of state.
The Politburo and the the Party Central Committee have introduced only one nominee for the position - General - Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.
It is expected that on Saturday, April 2, the new President will be sworn in before the NA.
Similarly, the new prime minister will be named on April 7. The nominee is Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung are also expected give speeches before officially stepping down from their positions.
For the first time, these new leaders will be sworn in. Each of them will take an oath pledging allegiance to the nation, the people and the constitution.
Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected for a second term during the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Congress in January this year.
Tran Cham, VNN