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Deputies comment on draft Constitution

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National Assembly deputies discussed the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution in groups at their ongoing fifth session in Hanoi on May 27.

They shared the view that the collection of public feedback on the draft amendments has been implemented in a swift, uniform and democratic manner, saying that it is a democratically political and legal activity among people of all strata, the political system and overseas Vietnamese as well.

Policymakers said the activity upholds the people’s right to mastery, raising a sense of responsibility in every individual, agency and organisation to devise and enforce the legal document.

Discussing Clause 1 on the name of the country, most deputies suggested keeping the country name of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which has been used since July 1976 and officially set under the 1980 and 1992 Constitution.

Retaining the country name aims to affirm the goal and path to building and developing the socialist-oriented country.

About Clause 4, legislators agreed to assert the Party’s leadership over the State and society, supplement a regulation on the Party’s links with the, being supervised by the people, and being responsible to the people for its decisions made.

According to them, it is necessary to maintain Clause 4 on the Party’s leadership role.

As for human rights, citizens’ basic rights and obligations, they highly valued the description of human rights in the draft document which covers their civic, political, socio-economic, and cultural rights in accordance with international treaties to which Vietnam is a member.

Regarding the land issue, many opinions reaffirmed that the draft amendments continuing to affirm that land belong to all people and the State’s role as an ownership representative is suitable.

Deputies, however, recommended that there should be concrete and thorough regulations on land reclamation in the draft Constitution.

On the proposal to establish the Constitution Council, many concurred with the need to set up the Council and proposed adding its mission and rights to meet current requirements.

Participants also commented on other contents of the draft Constitution and the model of local administration.

On June 3-4, they will continue giving their opinions on the draft amendments, which will be broadcast live across the country.-VNA
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