VIETNAM’S NEW POWER MONOPOLY
A propaganda poster for the 12th meeting of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Jan 2016. Wikimedia Commons
By Alexander L Vuving
East Asia Forum-Dec 5
Vietnam’s top leadership positions, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the president, are traditionally held by two different people. This separation ceased to exist on 23 October 2018, when the National Assembly elected General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as president, filling the vacancy created by the sudden death of former president Tran Dai Quang on 21 September.
First published in: East Asia Forum