The vote was conducted at a meeting of the VFF on Wednesday to discuss issues related to Yen’s personal details, with the attendance of Tong Thi Phong, a Politburo member and deputy chairperson of the NA, and Nguyen Thi Nuong, head of the NA’s Committee for Deputies’ Affairs.
In its notice released after the meeting, the VFF presidium said that after reviewing the eligibility of Dang Thi Hoang Yen, a NA deputy of Long An Province, and hearing relevant reports and opinions about Yen’s violations of regulations on NA membership, the meeting voted unanimously to ask the NA to remove Yen from the legislative body.
The VFF also said it would ask concerned agencies to handle Yen’s wrongdoings in accordance with applicable laws.
The day before, the Long An Province Fatherland Front Committee had also carried out a ballot on Yen’s NA membership eligibility, and the result was the same.
According to reports released at the meeting, Yen was once admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam in District 5, but she did not declare this in her profile as a candidate for the NA election in May 2011.
Yen, who is also chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, Tan Duc Investment and Industry Joint Stock Company, and Tan Tao University, did not provide information about her current husband, Jimmy Tran, 57, who left Vietnam for the US in 2010 and is been wanted internationally by police for fraud.
Dang Thi Hoang Yen, Chairwoman of Tan Tao Group, at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Ho Chi Minh City, June 7, 2010 (Photo: World Economic Forum)
Yen was once banned from leaving Vietnam for two years – from October 2008 to October 2010 – for her alleged involvement in a case of “disclosing the State’s secrets” in 2008.
When she was running for the election in Long An, she contacted about 1,300 local voters and gave each of them VND500,000 (US$24).
“All of these issues reflect Yen’s dishonesty and all VFF presidium members agreed on a removal for Yen,” Pham Quoc Anh, chairman of the Vietnam Lawyer Association, said.
Anh also said the Long An Province Fatherland Front Committee and the local 2011 election committee must be held responsible for their loose examination of Yen’s profile.
Le Nhu Tien, deputy chairman of the NA Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Teenagers and Children, said, “I have no comment about Yen’s personal life, but the fact that she did not declare her Party membership while she had already been a Party member showed her dishonesty.”
Regarding the procedures for Yen’s removal, Tien said, “The NA Standing Committee is meeting until April 20. If the VFF can send its proposal to the committee in time, then Yen’s case will be discussed within that meeting. If not, the case will be resolved in the next meeting of the committee.”
Dang Thi Hoang Yen talked with voters in Duc Hue District, Long An Province in August 2011 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
The NA Standing Committee will decide on whether or not the proposal on Yen’s removal will be referred to the NA for consideration at its month-long session starting in late May, Tien said.
Under the Law on Organization of the National Assembly, those NA deputies who are no longer worthy of the people’s trust shall be removed from office by the National Assembly or the voters, depending on the seriousness of their errors, he said.
In cases where the National Assembly removes deputies from office, the removal must be approved by at least two-thirds of the total number of National Assembly deputies.
In cases where voters remove National Assembly deputies from office, the removal shall be carried out in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the National Assembly Standing Committee.