Members of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly are scheduled to conduct a vote of confidence for a total of 48 high-ranking officials as part of the ongoing session in Hanoi.
Delegates are set to cast their votes during a ballot on Thursday morning, with results expected to be announced in the afternoon of the same day.
The vote is part of the agenda of the NA’s sixth session, which runs from October 22 to November 21.
A list of 48 officials in high-ranking positions, all of whom were previously elected or approved by the National Assembly, are subject to the vote of confidence. The list was finalized and approved by lawmakers on Wednesday.
Those subject to the vote include the state president, vice-president, NA chair and vice-chairs, prime minister and his deputies, members of the NA Standing Committee, heads of the NA Ethnic Council and NA Committees, ministers and heads of ministerial-level agencies, chief judge of the Supreme People’s Court, head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, and state auditor general.
Officials in office for under nine months, including President Nguyen Phu Trong and Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, are excluded from the vote.
Trong, General Secretary of the Vietnamese Party, was elected as the new state president on Tuesday, following the death of former President Tran Dai Quang on September 21 from a prolonged illness.
He became the first Vietnamese leader to hold the two titles since founding president and revolutionary Ho Chi Minh.
Minister Hung officially assumed his position on Wednesday, taking over from former Minister Truong Minh Tuan.
The vote reviews performance of the officials as well as their political qualities, morality, lifestyle, and compliance with the law.
The delegates will first decide on their level of confidence toward each official by selecting between low, medium, and high.
According to Article 18 of the NA’s Law on Supervisory Activities, an official who receives low confidence from more than half of the NA members is allowed to voluntarily resign.
If an official receives low confidence from two-thirds of the delegates, the official vote of confidence will be initiated, during which delegates will choose either “yes” or “no” on their ballots.
The result of this vote will provide the basis for the NA to decide whether an official with low confidence should be dismissed.