Vietnam confidence vote offers more than political theater

November 13, 2014 8:48 AM

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Vietnam confidence vote offers more than political theater

HANOI (Reuters) - When lawmakers casting ballots are nearly all Communist Party members and "no confidence" is not among the options, a parliamentary censure vote on Vietnam's top leadership might seem like a pointless exercise.

Though heads are unlikely to roll, Saturday's ballot on the performances of about 50 top officials will provide a degree of accountability, and the possibility of a rare glimpse into the dynamics of a party undergoing a period of soul searching after nearly four decades of tight control.

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