Vietnamese lawmaker dismissed for dual citizenship

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong, chair of TNG Holdings Vietnam, has been dismissed from the National Assembly. Photo: Ngoc Thang Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong, chair of TNG Holdings Vietnam, has been dismissed from the National Assembly. Photo: Ngoc Thang

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A Vietnamese businesswoman was dismissed from the National Assembly Sunday following a unanimous vote after she was found to also have citizenship of Malta.
Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong, 46, was found guilty of flouting the Law on Vietnamese Nationality, which prohibits Vietnamese citizens from having dual citizenship, Nguyen Hanh Phuc, the spokesman of the National Election Council, said.
She did not declare her Maltese citizenship in her election nomination. The fact came to light Saturday, prompting an emergency meeting Sunday to vote on her dismissal, he said.
It is unclear why Huong has dual citizenship.
She is the chair of TNG Holdings Vietnam investment group, which has invested in several urban area and apartment projects in Hanoi. She is also chairwoman of the Hanoi Industry and Trade Association.
She was among 495 candidates to win National Assembly seats in the general elections in May.
Last week Trinh Xuan Thanh, former deputy chairman of the Hau Giang Province People’s Committee, had been dismissed after being found accountable for massive losses at a major state-owned oil company and censured for illegally using a government license plate on his private car.

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