Vietnam’s Communist Party Gives Leader Additional 5-Year Term

January 27, 2016 10:22 AM

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Vietnam’s Communist Party Gives Leader Additional 5-Year Term

HANOI, Vietnam — The Communist Party of Vietnam has chosen the incumbent general secretary as the country’s top leader for a second five-year term, the official Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The reappointment of Nguyen Phu Trong, 71, could slow the pace of Vietnam’s shift to a more open, market-oriented economy, but it is unlikely to alter its strategic balance in relations with China and the United States, analysts said.

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