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Vietnam's top leaders face first yearly confidence vote

Published on Jun 10, 2013 2:42 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam's leaders face a first-ever confidence vote in the communist-controlled parliament on Monday as the regime seeks to defuse growing public anger over a lack of accountability and corruption.

The vote - to be held every year - was approved by the one-party state's legislature in November and requires most senior politicians, including the prime minister and the president, to win support from lawmakers.

The process has been hailed in the official press as part of a new commitment to transparency and accountability, but observers see little threat to the communist hierarchy and expect the results to be decided in advance behind closed doors.

It will not be "a proper vote" said former deputy Nguyen Minh Thuyet, pointing to a dearth of trustworthy information on how those facing the vote will be assessed.

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