Vietnam Votes for Rubber-Stamp Assembly Ahead of Obama Visit

May 22, 2016 6:33 AM

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Ahead of President Barack Obama's first visit to Vietnam, the country is voting in once-every-five-year-elections for a rubber-stamp parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by the Communist Party.

There's high hope for Obama's visit. Vietnam's government wants him to lift an arms export embargo so it can better deal with China over maritime disputes. And human rights activists want him to hold to account a repressive one-party state seen as treating its critics abysmally.

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