The seventh session of the 13th National Assembly wrapped up on June 24 after more than one month of sitting, during which 11 laws and two resolutions were adopted and 16 draft laws and one resolution were debated.

Addressing the closing ceremony, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the session took place at a time when regional and international situation was undergoing dangerous, unpredictable and complicated developments, with China illegal placing its oil rig deep inside Vietnam ’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

The national independence, sovereignty as well as peace, stability and maritime security and safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea are being seriously threatened, he said.

The NA leader affirmed that China ’s move gravely violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction, infringing international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

It also went against high-level agreements reached between Vietnam and China on the basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues and deeply hurt the friendship, solidarity and neighbourliness between the two people, he said.

The NA also issued a statement clarifying its stance on the issue, protesting China ’s illegal acts and demanding it remove immediately its rig out of Vietnam’s waters and not to repeat actions violating Vietnamese sovereignty, Chairman Hung stated.

Regarding other key issues, the NA Chairman urged the Government, ministries and localities to continue promoting inner strengths to maintain macro-economic stability, speeding up economic restructuring and growth model renovation and improve social welfares.

He also underscored the need to ensure social security and safety, and expand external relations activities and international integration.

The NA leader also assigned the NA Standing Committee, the Government and other state agencies to conduct comprehensive measures to ensure the effective implementation of the new Constitution.

During the session, deputies discussed a resolution on confidence voting and agreed on the need to mull over before adopting it. Meanwhile, votes of confidence will continue to be conducted on people holding positions elected or approved by the NA and the People’s Councils.

With 96.18 percent of votes, deputies also passed a resolution on question-and-answer results at this session.

Agencies of the National Assembly, the Government, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Supreme People’s Procuracy deal with 2,268 questions sent to the previous session by voters nationwide.

The NA also tasked the Government, ministries and relevant agencies to promptly give answers to 2,216 questions sent to the NA at the seventh session and report to the NA at the next session.

As much as 96.99 percent of deputies approved a resolution on stepping up the implementation of sustainable poverty reduction by 2020.

The resolution sets a target of reducing the ratio of the country’s poor households to below 5 percent and that of poor districts to less than 30 percent by 2015. It also comes up with measures to fulfil all poverty reduction goals and avoid relapse in the 2016-2020 period.

Especially, the resolution targets that at least 90 percent of poor households have access to social health insurance and 70 percent of local health care stations in communes will be upgraded to provide sufficient social healthcare insurance services.-VNA