HCM City's newly elected council members, at their first meeting on July 22, agreed to re-elect Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the municipal People's Committee, for one more term.

Le Hoang Quan, 58, a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Committee, who is from Binh Duong province's Di An district, was re-elected with approximately 94 percent of votes in his favour.

Five other deputy chairs of the committee were approved.

Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chief of the HCM City Party Committee's Information and Education Bureau was also elected to chair the city People's Council, with 96.8 per cent of the vote.

Quan, who spoke after being re-elected, said the city had reached achievements in many areas, including the economy, the global financial crisis and periodic outbreaks of disease.

The city, however, was facing with many challenges such as traffic jams, pollution, flooding, inflation and quality of human resources, Quan said.

"It's a heavy responsibility. I promise together with committee members to deal with the difficulties during the forthcoming years and correct the shortcomings that occurred during the past term," he added.

The chairwoman of the municipal People's Council, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, said that the public was still not pleased with many issues.

The problems of the people are the concerns of the council and city government, she added.

The council plans to intensify supervision of the city government with an aim for improvement during this term.

One of the important targets of the city People's Council is to further improve the quality of life for residents, Tam added.

The election on May 22 selected 95 members of the People's Council for the 2011-2016 term, with 99.8 percent of voters taking part.

Of the new council members, 10 are not Party members, 21 are women, two are ethnic minorities, and three are female artists.

Cai luong performer Que Tran, singer Thanh Thuy and actress Hong Van had a high percentage of votes in their favour. Ninety-two of the new council members are university graduates./.