Vietnam has first chairwoman of parliament

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was sworn in as parliament chairwoman on March 31, 2016. Photo: Ngoc Thang/Thanh Nien Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was sworn in as parliament chairwoman on March 31, 2016. Photo: Ngoc Thang/Thanh Nien

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Vietnamese legislators on Thursday morning elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as the country's first parliament chairwoman. 
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who had been deputy chairperson of the National Assembly since 2011, won 95 percent of votes to replace Nguyen Sinh Hung, who officially left the post on Wednesday afternoon after a five-year term.
Ngan, 62, was also voted to be chairwoman of the National Election Council, a newly formed body that will organize ballots across the country this May to find a new batch of legislators. 
She became the first elected leader of the 2016-2020 term to be sworn in. She took an oath pledging allegiance to the nation, the people and the Constitution, local media reported.
Le Nhu Tien, a National Assembly deputy, told VnExpress that Ngan’s victory demonstrated the legislature's policy of empowering women in senior roles.
“I think it is a very good policy, so as another one that aims to increase the rate of female deputies to 30 percent,” he said. The current ratio in the National Assembly is 24.4 percent. 
Vietnamese legislators are set to elect the country's new president on April 2 and new prime minister on April 7.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is expected to have a speech in front of the National Assembly to conclude his term on April 6 before officially stepping down from the position on the same day.

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