Vietnam Begins Week-Long Leadership Transition

Starting today, the Vietnamese Communist Party will be making a changes to its leadership along with the lower levels of the Party.  This event is known as the 11th National Congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party and will be going on for the next seven days (January 12-19).  There is a lot of talk about new members, new ideas, and stuff like that.  However, one should recognize that all of that is just for show, as the real work is done behind the scenes.

Even before the event, there are many rumors about who will be replacing Nong Duc Manh, Nguyen Tan Dung, and Nguyen Minh Triet as General Secretary, Prime Minister, and President, respectively.  Not much is really known about the new “candidates,” though none of them have proved to be very exceptional in dealing with Vietnam’s many problems, both internal and external.

However, it is very likely that the current President, Nguyen Minh Triet will retire this time, rumors suggest that he will be replaced by a someone named Truong Tan Sang.  Nguyen Tan Dung might get another five years as Prime Minister, while Nong Duc Manh might be replaced by another Chinese puppet, Nguyen Phu Trong, as the General Secretary of the VCP.

Do all these names matter?  Probably not, but hopefully yes.  The Communist system of government is broken, afflicted with so many problems that each generation of leadership is succeeded by an even worse one.  For this reason, I myself do not know what to expect of all this.  Maybe there is a democrat hidden somewhere in the pack, just waiting to emerge from the ashes.  Can’t help but hope for the best, right?

Pictures: Nguyen Phu Trong (top) is rumored to be the new number one, while Nguyen Tan Dung (standing with Nguyen Phu Trong) is expected to remain Prime Minister for another five years, and some speculate that Truong Tan Sang (bottom) has been chosen as the new President of the VCP.  Whether these speculations are true, we will know in one week.

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