April 23, 2001 |
Vietnam's ruling Communist Party named National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh as its new secretary-general Sunday, filling the country's most powerful leadership post. Sixty-year-old Manh has been speaker of the National Assembly for nine years. Under his leadership, the assembly, which once rubber-stamped decisions behind closed doors, became a forum for televised discussions of policy issues.
September 24, 1992 |
Vietnam's National Assembly chose conservative Gen. Le Duc Anh as president Wednesday in what observers said underlines the Communist Party's determination to keep a firm grip on economic reforms. The 72-year-old Anh, Vietnam's top general, was the only candidate and received all of the secret ballots cast by the 392-seat Assembly, the state-run Voice of Vietnam radio said.
April 22, 2001
The ruling old dogs in Hanoi could not learn new tricks, and they never really tried very hard. They gave a new name--doi moi, or open door--to their Communist governing philosophy though they kept the old tools: political oppression and rigid economic order administered by arbitrary rules and corrupt officials. Transforming Communist Vietnam will take years, but the pressure on the power elite is mounting and some of the officials who stood in the way of progress are leaving.
April 18, 2001 |
Vietnam's top leader, Communist Party Secretary-General Le Kha Phieu, was removed from office Tuesday because of disenchantment with his conservative style, officials said. The leading candidate to replace the 70-year-old party leader reportedly is Nong Duc Manh, a member of the ethnic Tay minority who would be expected to promote economic change and the development of a market economy more quickly than his predecessor.
April 9, 2004 |
The diminutive soldier in a brown Vietnamese army uniform bounded past a U.S. honor guard and up the Pentagon's red-carpeted steps. At the landing, the door opened and a smiling Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld appeared with an outstretched hand. Pham Van Tra clasped it warmly.