Vo Kim Cu loses position of National Assembly’s deputy due to Formosa scandal

On May 15, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee voted and agreed on stripping Vo Kim Cu of his title as deputy of the 14th National Assembly due to misconduct, adding to his previously submitted application to leave the position due to health issues.

 
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Previously, on April 21, the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat announced the conclusion on disciplinary actions against the personnel of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Party Committee and several officials involved in the Formosa environmental incident in four provinces in the Central Coast of Vietnam.

Based on the seriousness of these violations, the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat decided to dismiss Cu from his post as member of the Ha Tinh Party Committee in two tenures of 2005-2010 and 2010-2015, as well as Deputy Secretary and Secretary of the Ha Tinh Party Committee.

The conclusion of the Secretariat stated that Vo Kim Cu had personally signed many documents violating the law on issuing investment certificates, allocation and leasing marine areas, permitting Formosa to install illegal waste pipes during site clearance, lacking directions and not monitoring the project’s progress.

Previously, before the environmental incident in April 2016, the Vietnamese Fatherland Front introduced and nominated Vo Kim Cu as a representative of the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance. On the election on May 22, 2016, Cu was elected at the deputy of the 14th National Assembly, with 75 per cent of the valid votes from Hong Linh town of Vu Quang, Huong Son, and Duc Tho districts in Ha Tinh.

According to the Law on Organisation of the NA, deputies can relinquish the position due to health or other reasons, but the final decision will be made by the NA. If the application is submitted when the National Assembly does not have any meetings, the NAStanding Committee will decide and report to the NA at the next meeting.

The 14th National Assembly intially had a total of 496 deputies. However, after the meeting to review and decide on the status of deputies, the National Election Council balloted and declined Trinh Xuan Thanh (former vice president of the Hau Giang People’s Committee) as deputy due to signs of violations. Similarly, Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong was also turned down due to her lack of qualifications, and Huong herself also applied to leave this position.

By Trang Vu