PM to answer lawmakers on Vinashin, bauxite mines

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will directly answer questions from legislators including those involving state-owned shipbuilder Vinashin and bauxite mining, a National Assembly official said. 

Nineteen questions have been sent to PM Dung, most of them on the Vinashin scandal, Tran Dinh Dan, chairman of the National Assembly's Office, told the press on Saturday.

Other questions are related to the bauxite mining projects in the Central Highlands and the government's continued pursuit of a US$56 billion express railway project that has been rejected by the legislature.

Dan said four other cabinet members, including the ministers of health, finance, transport, and industry and trade, will also answer national legislators during an enquiry session scheduled from November 22-24.

Among the ministers, Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang received the most questions, 33, mainly on the widening trade deficit and the ongoing power shortage problem in the country.

Dan said in the case of Vinashin, which was driven to the verge of bankrupcy, it's necessary to identify individuals and groups who were responsible for the problem. The company had accumulated huge debts, leading to an investigation and the initiation of a large-scale restructuring effort.

PM Dung said at a cabinet meeting last weekend that all members of the government have to seriously review their responsibility in the Vinashin case.

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