Vietnam-0407 - People's Council
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When I was walking around enjoying the New Year Celebrations I came across this great looking building, the People's Council at 86 Le Thank Ton Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I went up to the building to get some closeup pictures but was not allowed as a guard turned me away, he was polite about it.
Ho Chi Minh City is a municipality that exists at the same level as Vietnam's provinces. As such, it has a similar political structure to its provinces, with a People's Council of 95 elected deputies, and a People's Committee of 13 members chosen by the council, being the principal local governmental entities. The People's Council Chairman is the top governmental official while the People's Committee Chairman is the top executive of the city, instead of a single mayor position as in other cities in the world. The Communist Party of Vietnam leads all political-economic-social activities in the country, therefore the Committee Secretary is really the highest ranking leader of the city.