|With 282 out of 366 votes in favour, the NA decided that those who underwent gender reassignment surgeries would not just be allowed to, but have a legal obligation to make changes to their personal records at Government agencies. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — The country's lawmakers voted to recognise the rights of people who underwent gender reassignment surgeries during a National Assembly (NA) session that took place yesterday in Ha Noi.
Regarding this particular issue, the NA Standing Committee stressed the importance of the country's laws to recognise and respond to the demands of this social group, as well as to comply with international legal standards.
With 282 out of 366 votes in favour, the NA decided that those who underwent gender reassignment surgeries would not just be allowed to, but have a legal obligation to make changes to their personal records at Government agencies. They also retained all rights stipulated under the country's laws.
NA deputies also voted on numerous issues regarding the country's Civil Code (revised), notably the legal capacity of people with intellectual difficulties or mental health problems, and the maximum annual interest rate that can be charged on a money loan.
Two hundred and three out of 366 deputies agreed that stronger protective measures needed to be taken to protect people with intellectual difficulties or mental health problems. Changes needed to be made to current guardianship regulations in order to do so.
However, other deputies were in favour of taking away their legal capacity, due to the degree of complexity and the numerous difficulties that may arise in the course of implementing such mechanisms.
NA deputies showed their support for the option to set the maximum annual interest rate that can be charged on a money loan at 20 per cent, instead of using the central bank's basic interest rate as an indicator. Out of 366 votes, 278 were in favour.
The Viet Nam Civil Code (revised), which contains 27 chapters and 689 clauses, is expected to take full effect on January 1, 2017.
During the session yesterday morning, the NA also passed a number of regulations on its own working sessions. Namely, the NA is to hold two regular working sessions during the year, with the mid-year session set for May 20 and the end-year session set on October 20.
In addition, leaders such as Chairman of the National Assembly, State President, Prime Minister and Chief Judge of the People's Supreme Court will be required to take their oath of offices after they are elected.
Also yesterday, NA deputies gave the nod to the date of the next general elections and the Electoral Council (EC).
They agreed that the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People's Councils of the 2016-2020 tenure will be held on May 22, 2016, which is a Sunday.
They also approved the formation of the EC, with 21 members – one Chairperson, four deputies and 16 members.
In the afternoon, legislators were informed about the outcomes of discussions on nominees for the EC Chair and voted on the position.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung was elected EC Chairman, and later submitted a request asking lawmakers to approve the proposed candidates for the council's Vice Chairpersons and members.
NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong presented the NA Standing Committee's nominations to the NA General Secretary, which were also mulled over during the plenary session. — VNS