VOV.VN - The National Assembly (NA) adopted resolutions on June 7 relating to the dismissal of Nguyen Thanh Long from the positions as the deputy of the 15th legislature and Health Minister over his wrongdoings related to a COVID-19 test kit scam.
This comes after the NA heard a report by Nguyen Thi Thanh, head of the NA Standing Committee’s Commission for Deputy Affairs, on the dismissal of Long from his post as a deputy of the 15th NA of Vinh Long province’s delegation of deputies. They also listened to a report compiled by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on his removal from the position as Health Minister during the 2021 to 2026 term.
Through the voting process a total of 473 deputies, or 94.79% of the total, agreed with the dismissal of Long from the post as a NA deputy, whilst six deputies disagreed.
Meanwhile, 471 deputies, equal to 94.39% of the total, were in favour of the removal of Long from his position as Health Minister, whilst eight casted a “No” vote.
Secretary of the Party Committee and Deputy Minister of the Health Ministry Do Xuan Tuyen has been assigned to temporarily take charge of the operation of the Health Ministry as from June 7.
Earlier, Long had been expelled from the Party, together with Chu Ngoc Anh, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, who is former Minister of Science and Technology.
Chu Ngoc Anh was dismissed from the position as Chairman of the 16th municipal People’s Committee (2021-2026 tenure) at a meeting of the Hanoi People’s Council the same day.
The decision was made after the council considered a proposal by its Chairman during its sixth meeting, with all of the council members approving.
Anh was also dismissed as member of the council for the 2021-2026 term due to his violations of the Party’s regulations and the State’s laws, and failing to satisfy standards set for a council member.
The two officials were found to have violated the Party and the State's regulations, thereby causing very severe consequences and losses to the State budget and ultimately undermining the national COVID-19 fight. These actions led to social unrest and negatively impacted the reputation of the Party, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.