55th anniversary of first general election marked

Ha Noi, Jan. 4 (VNA) -- The National Assembly of Viet Nam during the ten tenures over the past 55 years has made remarkable contributions to the national revolutionary cause.

NA Chairman Nong Duc Manh made his remarks at a get-together to mark the 55th anniversary of the NA first general election, which was held on Jan. 4, 1946 after the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, now the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on Sept. 2, 1945.

The gathering was held in Ha Noi this morning, Jan. 4, in the presence of NA deputies from the first to the tenth tenures and representatives of their families.

NA Chairman Manh recalled memories of the historical day 55 years ago, an event of great significance in Viet Nam's socio-political life.

The first ever general election stamped a red landmark on Viet Nam's history, electing 333 deputies to the NA from different classes and ethnic groups of Viet Nam. It demonstrated the strength of the entire people's great unity block and marked the first breakthrough in Viet Nam's democratic structure, Manh said.

The general election affirmed the Vietnamese people's territorial sovereignty. This great success, together with the adoption of the Constitution in 1946, opened up a new era in Viet Nam in which the country had a unified national assembly and government and a legal administrative system to represent the Vietnamese people in internal and external affairs.

Chairman Manh stressed that entering the New Year, 2001, the first year of implementing the 10-year socio-economic development strategy (2001-2010) and the five-year plan (2001-2005), the NA should renovate and improve its activities, complete the legal system as soon as possible and satisfactorily play its supervisory role.--VNA