Govt approves draft laws for parliamentary debate
The government cabinet yesterday approved seven newly and amended draft laws, which will be submitted for debate to the upcoming ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA) scheduled for April.
Chaired by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, the cabinet's extraordinary meeting for February closed yesterday and endorsed draft laws on international conventions and agreements, the civil code, criminal code and Lao Red Cross.
An amended law on public security, along with draft laws on radio frequencies and performing arts were also approved.
The cabinet members and invited guests attended the one-and-a-half-day meeting which entrusted the relevant ministries to revise the drafts in accordance with recommendations made by cabinet members.
With cabinet members' opinions still varying over the drafted law on Lao Red Cross, the meeting told the organisation to improve the draft and bring it back to the next government monthly meeting before submitting it to the NA.
The extraordinary meeting took place with the government striving to pursue its target to create Laos as a state ruled by law, as adopted in the resolution of the 10th Party Congress, as well as pursuing the five-year (2016-2020) target of the NA passing 105 new and amended laws in total.
Many law makers noted both the government and parliament having a tight schedule, and they would need to speed up pursuing the target, saying it was too ambitious.
Though a number of laws have been passed and promulgated over the past years, members of parliament on several occasions during NA ordinary session debates have stated that many laws coming into effect have been poorly enforced, undermining efforts to create Laos as a society governed by the rule of law.
So far more than 100 laws, along with additional regulations accompanying the laws, have been promulgated.
With the draft laws already debated at the extraordinary meeting, this will enable the cabinet to include and dominate other important topics for the government's monthly ordinary meeting agenda for February scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday next week.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the cabinet to properly prepare next week's meeting agenda as well as prioritising important agenda for the upcoming fourth plenary session of the Party Central Committee (10th tenure) scheduled to take place next month.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 17, 2017)