• Vietnam’s re-elected communist chief hails one-party rule

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    HANOI: Vietnam’s freshly re-elected top communist party leader has hit out at critics of his country’s one-party system, arguing that collective decision-making is “more democratic” than in nations that hold popular elections. Trong, a conservative apparatchik, made the comments after being re-elected Wednesday for a second term as top leader, bringing the five-yearly Communist Party Congress to a close with a resounding victory for the party’s old guard following weeks of infighting. Trong’s rival, the reformist Prime Minister Dung who is widely credited with pushing a pro-business agenda and had been tipped for the top job, lost out in internal elections and will step down in May. His replacement is expected to be Nguyen Xuan Phuc, currently a deputy prime minister, state media said.

    AFP

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