President Nguyen Van Thieu yesterday inaugurated the South Vietnamese Special Supreme Court, a body with the highest powers of censure and impeachment in the country.
President Nguyen Van Thieu yesterday inaugurated the South Vietnamese Special Supreme Court, a body with the highest powers of censure and impeachment in the country. On arrival at the Dien Hong Plaza he was greeted by Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem, and the two men stood while a military band played the national anthem before going inside to perform the inauguration ceremony.
The eleven-man judiciary, made up of five Senators, five Deputies and permanent Chairman, can remove any officials, even the President himself, if it finds them guilty of treason or other extremely serious crimes. It was provided for under the 1967 Constitution but has taken two years to organise.
President Thieu inaugurated the body as he came under heavy parliamentary criticism for crippling tax increases on petrol and oil. Some deputies have suggested the legality of his moves should be the first test of the new Supreme Court. The President later told a dinner for Lower House members that he would continue to carry out the strict austerity measures even though he knew they could lead to his own downfall. He had spoken of further tax increases.