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All eyes on leadership changes in Vietnam

Workers in Hanoi putting up a poster for the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam's upcoming National Congress on Tuesday. The congress, due to be held from Jan 25 to Feb 2, is a five-yearly affair that sets the country's socio-economic direction and an
Workers in Hanoi putting up a poster for the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam's upcoming National Congress on Tuesday. The congress, due to be held from Jan 25 to Feb 2, is a five-yearly affair that sets the country's socio-economic direction and anoints its top politicians. PHOTO: REUTERS
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In this pandemic-battered environment, few countries are approaching a major leadership transition amid conditions as rosy as Vietnam's.

With domestic coronavirus infections largely under control, its economy is expected to outpace the region at 6.7 per cent growth this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 17, 2021, with the headline All eyes on leadership changes in Vietnam. Subscribe