Vietnam parliament approves sweeping changes

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The Vietnamese National Assembly decided Friday that the Communist Party chief will take over from the prime minister as head of the anti-corruption steering committee.

The committee will work under the Politburo and its operations will be regulated by Party's documents and not the Anti-Corruption Law.

This is to guarantee that the Party will not function in replacement for government agencies, according to the report.

The Anti-Corruption Law stipulates that the prime minister will be head of the committee, but lawmakers amended the law to rescind the regulation.

The change will take effect on February 1 next year.

Other amendments include a stipulation that board members, general directors, deputy general directors, and chief accountants at state-owned groups have to publicize their annual incomes by April 30 every year.

Nine laws were amended by the lawmakers at the month-long session that wrapped up the same day.

The others include the Personal Income Tax Law and Law on Science and Technology.

The National Assembly also passed a resolution to gather public opinion on proposed changes to the Constitution, including increasing the president's powers.

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Another resolution approved by lawmakers was to enable the NA and the People's Councils to bring a vote of no confidence against government leaders.

The president, prime minister and National Assembly chairman will be among the officials who can face a no-confidence vote.

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