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National Assembly panel debates revised Constitution

Update: March, 14/2013 - 08:05

HA NOI (VNS)— The National Assembly's specialised deputies generally approved of the drafted revision of the 1992 Constitution, especially the leading role of the Party laid out in Article 4 of the constitution.

NA's Law Committee Chairman Phan Trung Ly.—VNS file photo

At a conference in Ha Noi yesterday, some deputies added that the article should make clear that the Party and its organisations and members must operate under the framework of the Constitution.

NA's Law Committee Chairman Phan Trung Ly said that Article 4 suited the goals of the people and the leading role of the Party affirmed by the nation's process of construction and protection, as well as the need for reform in leadership.

Deputies also debated parts of the draft related to private ownership, human rights, governmental mechanisms, national election councils and State Audit.

Some deputies said that the Constitution should establish a set of guidelines for organising local governments, both urban and rural.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from HCM City said that the State administration should be arranged into three levels (national level, provincial level and city level) rather than the current four levels.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from HCM City.—VNS file photo

Many deputies backed the draft's proposal to add three independent constitutional institutions into Article 10.

Deputy Chairman of the NA's National Defence and Security Committee Tran Dinh Nha said that the Constitutional Council would be an essential mechanism for supervising the legislative activities of the National Assembly.

"Some NA laws might contradict the Constitution. In that case, the council would suspend those laws and ask the NA to correct them," said Nha.

The deputy chairman also proposed establishing a National Corruption Prevention Committee under the NA that would take responsibility for serious corruption cases or cases relating to foreign factors. — VNS

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