New coat for founder, fresh outlook for Vietnam?

A worker repainting a statue of revolutionary leader and founder of modern Vietnam Ho Chi Minh at a park in the southern city of Can Tho. Vietnam began a crucial political transition last week as the five-yearly Communist Party congress convened to p
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A worker repainting a statue of revolutionary leader and founder of modern Vietnam Ho Chi Minh at a park in the southern city of Can Tho. Vietnam began a crucial political transition last week as the five-yearly Communist Party congress convened to pick new leaders amid a bitter factional fight, the outcome of which could set the pace of key economic reforms.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2016, with the headline 'New coat for founder, fresh outlook for Vietnam?'. Print Edition | Subscribe