Fatherland Front congress hails ‘great national solidarity’

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has called on the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) to encourage people to follow Government regulations and enhance its roles of monitoring and critiquing social policies. 

Mr. Huynh Dam, the incumbent chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, was nominated for a second term at its seventh national congress in Hanoi on September 29 (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the second day of the VFF’s seventh national congress in Hanoi on September 29, he said if the organization performs this task well, it would create a social consensus and develop the “great national solidarity.”
He praised it for rallying mass groups of citizens to help lessen the impact of the economic downturn, ensure social security, sustain economic growth, and maintain political stability.
Mr. Dang Ngoc Tung, chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, said the great national solidarity, which is based on allying the working class with farmers and intellectuals under the Communist Party’s leadership, is a strategic policy of the Vietnamese revolution and safeguards the nation.
It is a cause and a political system, he added.
To enhance the front’s role, delegates urged it to improve its monitoring and critiquing mechanisms.
Vo Thi Dung, standing vice chairwoman of the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee, said the organization should also promote people’s democratic rights, especially with regard to corruption and squander.
She said relevant agencies should cooperate closely and issue regulations for improving the mechanism to critique the Government’s actions.
Prof. Phan Dinh Dieu said promoting democracy is the best way to ensure the success of its efforts to monitor social policies.
Good critiquing would help improve the Government’s policies, he pointed out.
On the same day the congress elected through consultation a central committee of 355 members for the 2009-14 term.
Mr. Huynh Dam, the incumbent chairman, was nominated as head of the central committee for a second term.

Of the new members, 203 are prominent individuals from a variety of economic strata and ethnic, religious, and intellectual groups and include overseas Vietnamese.

In the new committee, 180 -- or more than half -- are not Party members, 72 are female, 93 are from ethnic minorities, and 59 are religious leaders and authorities.

Earlier, the Presidium of the Central Committee briefed the congress about Ketsana, the ninth tropical storm to hit the country this season, and called on people in vulnerable areas to help each other in a spirit of compassion and cooperate with authorities to minimize the damage.

They requested the VFF’s aid boards to cooperate with local authorities to carry out relief activities and help rehabilitate the lives of those affected.

By Thu Ha – Translated by Gia Bao

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