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Vietnam's 13th National Assembly elected, to decide top state posts

06-03-2011 17:41 BJT

HANOI, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Out of 827 candidates for the 13th National Assembly of Vietnam (NA), the country's top legislature, 500 have been elected, and they will vote for the top state posts in July, the National Election Council announced here on Friday.

Of the 500 newly-elected law-makers, 333 become for the first time (66.6 percent), 167 are re-elected (33.40 percent); four are self-nominated (0.8 percent); 98.2 percent of the deputies hold bachelor degrees or above; 15.6 percent are ethnic minority people; 24.4 percent are women, and 8.4 percent are non-members of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Top leaders won high voting rates. The 12th NA Chairman and Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong gained the rate of 85.63 percent; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung with 95.38 percent, and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung with 95.51 percent.

Among 182 candidates nominated by the NA Central Standing Committee, 167 were re-elected to the 13th NA. While the 15 nominated candidate were failed to be elected, which is the highest number of the Centrally-nominated candidates to NA elections who were not elected so far. During the 12th NA, the not- elected figure was seven candidates.

According to the National Election Council, four are self- nominated deputies, while there was only one self-nominated deputy in 12th NA.

For the first time, Vietnam held elections of the National Assembly and the People's Councils at all level at the same day.

Total expenditure for the two elections is estimated at 700 billion Vietnamese dong (VND) (34.11 million U.S. dollars), against 350 billion VND (17.05 million U.S. dollars) for the 12th NA election in May 2007.

About 61.9 million out of 62.2 million Vietnamese voters cast their ballots, of which 98.98 percent are valid for the NA election. The turnout rate of voting in election was high as 99.51 percent.

According to the Election Council, out of 472,528 candidates, 303,656 deputies have been elected for the People's Councils at all levels for 2011-2016 tenure.

The two elections were successfully carried out in terms of the organizing preparations and the quality of the elected deputies, who are more qualified professionally compared to those in the previous ones. The success is of great importance for the implementation of the 11th Party Congress Resolutions in strengthening and perfecting the socialist law-governed state of Vietnam, the Election Council said at the press conference on Friday.

The first session of the 13th NA is scheduled to start on July 21. During the 14-day session, deputies will review socio-economic development in the first six months, and vote for their new NA chairperson and vice chairpersons, state president and vice state president, prime minister and heads of the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuracy. They will approve prime minister's proposal on appointing deputy prime ministers and other cabinet members.

Vietnam's population was nearly 87 million by the end of 2010.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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