mandag 1. februar 2021

Party leader Trong refuses to fade away in Vietnam

The incumbent General Secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party won an unprecedented third term in office as the Party’s quinquennial National Congress came to an early close on Sunday due to a new outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Not since rule changes in the 1990s restricted senior officials to two consecutive terms in office has a Party chief wielded as much power as Nguyen Phu Trong, 76, who also received a waiver that ordinarily meant senior officials must retire after 65.

Analysts are divided on the future direction of the Communist Party following Trong’s victory, which received widespread support among Party delegates who gathered in Hanoi last week for the National Congress, an event that takes place every five years where 1,600 delegates from across Vietnam vote some 200 members into the Central Committee.