Vietnam lawmakers propose annual vote on top leadership to improve governance

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Vietnam's legislators on Friday proposed annual voting for the country's leaders as a way to improve governance.

Under the proposal, National Assembly members will vote every year on the top government positions, including the President and the Vice President, the Prime Minister and his cabinet, the presiding judge of the Supreme People's Court, head of the Supreme People's Procuracy which is the country's top prosecution unit, head of the State Audit of Vietnam, as well as the Assembly Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson and the assembly members.

Nguyen Hanh Phuc, chairman of the National Assembly office, said "Those who do not get more than half of the deputies' votes for two consecutive years will face dismissal by the assembly or have to resign."

Phuc said the voting results would be announced publicly.

The positions that the deputies will vote on under the proposal have five-year terms, except for the head of the state audit agency, which is a seven-year-term.

Several deputies said the voting needs to cover more officials at lower levels while others said the process will require a lot of time and more staff, both of which the assembly does not have now.

The proposal has been opened up for debate and will be discussed again at the next National Assembly session starting April 10.

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