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Vietnam legislature ends meeting early, again, as few lawmakers debate

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 15:44 GMT+7
Vietnam legislature ends meeting early, again, as few lawmakers debate
Empty seats are seen inside Vietnam's National Assembly House in Hanoi on October 21, 2015.

The Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) concluded its Wednesday morning session nearly two hours earlier than scheduled, as few deputies voiced their opinions on the amendments to the current Accounting Law.

At 9:15 am this morning, NA Deputy Chairperson Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan decided to close the meeting, part of the 10th sitting of the 13th NA that opened in Hanoi on Monday and is expected to last until November 28.

The early closure is the second that has happened since the first sitting of the 13th NA.

As scheduled, this morning session heard Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung, under the authorization of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, present a report on the proposed amendments to the current Law on Import and Export Tax.

The minister’s presentation was followed by a report by the NA Finance and Budget Committee chairman, Phung Quoc Hien, about the verification of the changes to that law as well as the Accounting Law.

The session was expected to discuss a number of amendments to the Accounting Law but after four deputies voiced their opinions on these revisions for around 20 minutes in total, no other comments were given by the other legislators.

That only four offered their remarks proved the amendments have gained a high unanimity level among the lawmakers, NA Deputy Chairperson Ngan said before announcing the closure of the meeting.

The same situation happened at another NA meeting of the ninth sitting on June 9, when Huynh Ngoc Son, another NA deputy chairperson, decided to dismiss it ahead of schedule, as none of the lawmakers wanted to say anything about the legislature’s supervision programs for 2016.

The incident was then unprecedented in the history of the nine sittings of the 13th NA.

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