Vietnam lawmakers to hold rare extraordinary meeting

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The meeting of the National Assembly arrives as the communist country pursues a crackdown against corruption of a “blazing furnace” which has already led to the arrest of a health minister and investigations on hundreds of senior officials.

Three sources familiar with government and parliamentary affairs, who declined to be identified because of the political sensitivity of the matter, said the legislature could ratify the resignations of more high-ranking officials this year. a week.

This would indicate a further escalation in the crackdown on corruption even as concerns grow that it could affect economic sentiment and investment.

A National Assembly information officer declined to comment on the possible meeting. Calls to two other parliament officials went unanswered.

Such meetings are rare in Vietnam’s rubber-stamp legislature and it is not unusual for two to be held close together, or in the run-up to the Lunar New Year, the country’s long holiday period .

The assembly on January 5 voted to dismiss two of the government’s deputy prime ministers, in a move sources said could be linked to graft scandals.

Vietnam has no central ruler and is officially ruled by four “pillars”: the powerful secretary of the Communist Party, the largely ceremonial president, the prime minister and the president of the assembly.

(Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor, Martin Petty)

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