Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Nominated to Also Serve as President

Email story
Comment on this story
Print story
Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong applauds after closing the 12th National Party Congress in Hanoi, Jan. 28, 2016.
Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong applauds after closing the 12th National Party Congress in Hanoi, Jan. 28, 2016.

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party named its party leader on Wednesday to serve both in that role and as the country’s new president, subject to approval by Vietnam’s National Assembly later this month or in November, media sources say.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong replaces former president Tran Dai Quang who died last month, and if approved would be the first to hold both top posts at the same time since Communist Party founder Ho Chi Minh led Vietnam in the 1960s.

Trong, 74, is seen as a political hard-liner who has cracked down on corrupt bankers and other officials, and who had joined with former President Quang in jailing scores of political dissidents in recent years.

Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Wednesday, Nguyen Dinh Cong, a political observer based in Hanoi, called the process by which Trong was nominated by his party to serve as president with the approval of a rubber-stamp parliament an example of “phony democracy.”

The Vietnamese people should first be allowed to vote on candidates for the job, Cong said.

“Trong should have been included in a group of other candidates, maybe two or three put forward in a transparent election,” Cong said.

“Then, if the people saw that Trong is capable, they would have trust in him, and he would get the position. But the most important point is that the people would have voted first,” he said.

While noting both positive and negative aspects to Trong’s holding both jobs in government, Cong said that Trong’s political views are what will matter most.

“His conservative views are very strong,” Cong said.

Also speaking to RFA, former Vietnamese ambassador to the Netherlands Dinh Hoang Thang said that Vietnam’s political culture still lacks two important components:  the rule of law, and respect for civil society.

“On overseas trips, Vietnamese leaders ask host countries’ counterparts to recognize Vietnam as a free-market economy, while back home, they tell the Vietnamese people that they have a socialist economy,” said Thang.

“A free market, a rules-based state, and civil society are the three-part model for truly democratic and progressive countries,” Thang said.

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by An Nguyen. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Comments (2)

Hate Communist with a passion

from ghet bac Ho

The meaning of conservatism in communist term is a blood thirsted, ambitious, and calculated murderer.
Also, to serve as a good mangy dog under the Chinese dinning table to lap up the falling scraps.

Oct 08, 2018 12:33 PM

Khon lao

from Vietiane

This is another one who will keep continuing Abuse Power in LAOS and continue to steal Lumber Steal Lao Land
Steal all kind of Precious metal in Laos soil and Steal anything they could put their hands on.

Oct 03, 2018 08:58 PM

Anonymous Reader

They are your brothers and brothers in arms and they outsmart your leaders.Before blaming others think of yourselves and your leaders first. No-one ever asked your leaders to be stupid.

Oct 09, 2018 09:18 AM





More Listening Options

View Full Site