Capital bill raises concern at house committee meeting

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A draft of the newly-proposed Capital Law, which would give Hanoi the power to draw up and implement its own laws without central government involvement, met with concern at the National Assembly this week.

Nguyen Van Thuan, chairman of the Law Committee, warned at a Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday that the draft was unprecedented and contained several stipulations that were outside of the purview of the nation’s current laws. He said careful surveys and research needed to be done before the law is discussed more seriously at assembly meetings this year.

Tran The Vuong, a member of the NA Standing Committee, meanwhile, said the draft violated the country’s constitution, which does not state that Hanoi, even as the national capital, may have it’s own laws different from central government rules.

Issued last month, the draft of Capital Law would give Hanoi authorities the right to issue laws that differ from those of the government, so long as they were within the framework of the national constitution.

In case of conflicts between the capital city’s laws and central laws, the former would take precedence in Hanoi, according to the draft law.

Under the draft, the authority to decide on, plan and execute most of the city’s infrastructure projects, including those relating to transport, culture and education, would be handed over to the capital city administration rather than larger government ministries.

The new law would also tighten permanent residency regulations, asking residency applicants to hold a legal job with a salary double the regulated minimum wage. Such applicants would also have to show proof of legal accommodation in the capital or hold temporary residency there continuously for at least five years.

Currently, citizens can apply after only one year of temporary residency.

Source: Tuoi Tre

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