Vietnam’s legislature will hold an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, Reuters reports


The Communist Party of Vietnam’s anti-corruption campaign may claim the jobs of more senior members this week with the impeachment of two deputy prime ministers this month.

The National Assembly will hold a rare extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.

It quoted three anonymous sources “familiar with government and parliamentary affairs” who said the legislature could approve the “resignation” of senior officials.

On December 30, the RFA reported that the Communist Party had removed Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam from its Central Committee.

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Six days later, the National Assembly voted to replace them as deputy prime ministers with party members Tran Hong Ha and Tran Luu Quang.

The terms of office of Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam were both marred by bribery scandals. Minh oversaw foreign relations during the “rescue flights” affair, which saw payments made to repatriate citizens stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dam was deputy prime minister in charge of health care when the CEO of health care company Viet A admitted to bribing officials for contracts to sell substandard COVID test kits to hospitals.

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The Viet A scandal also claimed the jobs of Health Minister Nguen Thanh Long and Hanoi Mayor and former Science and Technology Minister Chu Ngoc Anh, who were arrested on June 7, 2022.

RFA called the Secretary General of the National Assembly, Bui Van Cuong, to ask for comment on the Reuters report, but no one answered.

Deputy Secretary-General Nguyen Thi Thuy Ngan told RFA she was not aware of any plans to hold a meeting of the National Assembly on Wednesday. When the reporter tried to ask a follow-up question, she said she was busy and put the phone down.

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Translated by RFA Vietnamese. Edited by Mike Firn.