Vietnam leaders not to face confidence vote this year

By Thai Son - Le Nga, Thanh Nien News

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Lawmakers cast their vote of confidence on 47 top leaders at a National Assembly session last June / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE
The annual vote of confidence for legislators introduced last year, which garnered praise from the public, will not be held this year to enable revision of a related resolution.
In the National Assembly, the vote had been planned to be held in an upcoming session.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung told a meeting Tuesday that the house would discuss changes to Resolution No.35 at the May-June session.
“The halt is temporary, not permanent,” he said.
Resolution No.35 requires leaders who serve in positions appointed or approved by the National Assembly and People's Councils -- the local legislatures -- to be subject to an annual vote of confidence by lawmakers in their respective houses.
Voters have to choose one of three options: "high confidence," "confidence," and "low confidence."
A leader receiving "low confidence" votes from more than 50 percent of the voters for two years in succession will face a vote of no confidence.
But a two-thirds vote will see them face the no-confidence motion immediately.
Anyone losing the house's confidence has to step down or will be relieved from their position.
The historic first vote of confidence was held last June when 492 lawmakers cast their ballots anonymously.
All 47 leaders, including the prime minister and the president, who faced the vote won the 50 percent support needed.

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