On November 20, 2015, the National Assembly passed the Law on Oversight Activities of the National Assembly and People’s Councils No. 87/2015/QH13; within that, the most important content is the Questioning and consideration of answers at the National Assembly’s sessions.

Accordingly, from July 01, 2016, the questioning activity at a session of the People’s Council must follow the following order as a People’s Council deputy raises questions and may provide illustrating information in image or video or specific material proofs; the questioned person directly gives full answers on the matter raised by the People’s Council deputy and may not authorize another person to give answers; and identifies responsibilities, measures and deadline for settlement of limitations or problems (if any); if disagreeing with the answers, the People’s Council deputy may raise questions to the questioned person; other persons may be invited to the meeting and answer questions of People’s Council deputies on matters under their charge. The questioned person shall directly answer in writing. The written answer shall be sent to the National Assembly deputy who raised the question, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly and National Assembly deputies’ delegations and published on the e-portal of the National Assembly within 20 days after the date of questioning, except confidential documents as prescribed by law.

On casting of votes of confidence, the National Assembly casts votes of confidence by a secret ballot such as President; Vice President; Chairperson of the National Assembly, Deputy Chairperson of the National Assembly, member of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly; Chairperson of the Ethnic Council; Chairperson of Committee of the National Assembly; Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, minister, head of ministerial-level agency; Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, Procurator General of the Supreme People’ Procuracy, State Auditor General. A person subject to collection of votes of confidence who is voted as of low confidence by more than half of the total number of National Assembly deputies may apply for resignation.

This Law takes effect on July 1, 2016 and replaces the Law No. 05/2003/QH11.

Source: luatvietnam.vn

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