Wealthy Vietnam assemblywoman withdraws ahead of likely dismissal

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National Assembly member Dang Thi Hoang Yen has decided to resign ahead of a vote on her continued membership later this month.

The 53-year-old chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City-based industrial park developer Tan Tao Group and Vietnam's second richest woman was also absent at a meeting Saturday as the NA's Standing Committee discussed her dismissal for failure to mention her marriage or Party membership in her biography before last year's elections.

It was at this meeting that it was decided to put her membership to vote, with most members agreeing with the proposal.

Deputy Nguyen Thi Nuong told newswire VietNamNet that Yen had asked to resign pleading she was "too tired" and suffering from "too much pressure from the public."

The voting will be held at the next NA sitting on May 26, with a two-thirds majority required to ratify Yen's dismissal.

At a meeting April 18 the Fatherland Front, an umbrella organization of all political and social groups in Vietnam, agreed unanimously to put Yen's dismissal up for vote.

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