Vietnam lawmakers to hold extraordinary meeting on personnel issues

By Thomson Reuters Apr 30, 2024 | 11:31 PM

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s parliament is set to meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss personnel issues, the office of the country’s lawmaking body said on Wednesday, five days after its chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, quit due to personal reasons.

The National Assembly last month convened a special meeting to accept the sudden resignation of then president Vo Van Thuong, who quit amid a long-running campaign against corruption.

Aside from discussing Hue’s resignation, it is not immediately clear what other decisions or appointments would be made at Thursday’s special session as the country still needs to find and approve permanent successors to both the president and the chairman of the National Assembly.

Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by the four “pillars” – the party chief, the president, the prime minister and the parliament chairman. The Party’s General Secretary is the most powerful figure in Vietnam.

The latest change among Vietnam’s top leadership amid a widespread campaign against corruption could raise new concerns about political stability in the Southeast Asian manufacturing hub, which is highly reliant on foreign investment and trade.

Hue, 67, had been touted as a possible candidate for the Communist Party secretary position, Vietnam’s most powerful job.

Vietnam’s National Assembly is set to hold a regular, month-long meeting from May 20.

(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Michael Perry)