Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong renewed the government’s determination to curb corruption Tuesday by announcing plans to grant the new Anti-Corruption Commission more authority while ensuring a series of checks and balances to limit abuse of power.
Mr. Trong spoke to reporters about considerations being made to expand the Commission's power following a National Assembly workshop Tuesday:
Reporters: What is the difference between the new Commission and its predecessors?
|Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong|
Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong: The Commission will of course be under the party’s leadership and will be granted more authority over specific matters that will be decided upon soon. The Commission will be supervised by the National Assembly (NA) and the Fatherland Front in cooperation with relevant agencies.
Reporters: What are the authority and responsibilities of the on Corruption?
Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong: The Commission will be designated specific powers by the Central Party Committee, the Government and the NA within the regulations of the Constitution. The Commission will act as a coordinating agency rather than replacing investigatory and judicial agencies.
Reporters: In the past, permission from the Politburo and Party Secretariat has been required to investigate deputy ministers and their superiors. Is this still the case?
Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong: The Central Anti-Corruption Commission can now suspend deputy ministers and those of lower position. However, the commission must still ask for permission when suspending higher officials. For example, to suspend ministers or provincial party committee leaders, the Commission must obtain the Politburo’s approval.
Reporters: The functions and rights of the Commission are stipulated by the National Assembly Standing Committee. Does this mean that the Commission will be under the NA’s control?
Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong: The National Assembly and its will supervise the Commission’s operation, not the NA’s Standing Committee. The Anti-Corruption Commission is designated some specific rights but we are also cautious and aware of the possibility of power abuse.
Reporters: In the case that this "power abuse" does occur, which agencies will handle the matter?
Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong: This is a commission of the Party Central Committee so the Party Central Committee would handle it while the National Assembly and the Fatherland Front continue to supervise the Commission’s activities.
Reporters: Thank you very much.