January 3, 1999 |
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai said Saturday that Vietnam will move cautiously in adopting economic reforms in 1999 and that it intends to continue building a socialist economy. His comments, made during a conference with diplomats and journalists, are sure to disappoint foreign investors who had hoped that Vietnam would take some bold moves to revive its economy and move toward a true free-market economy. "We need to maintain a leading role for state enterprises," Khai said.
February 7, 1998 |
In an unprecedented display of high-level dissent in Vietnam, Lt. Gen. Tran Do, a veteran of the Communist revolution who later became one of the regime's top ideological leaders, has called upon the leadership in Hanoi to open the way for democracy. The retired general sent a letter last December to the Communist Party's top officials, urging "radical political reforms" including free elections and guarantees of freedom of thought and expression.
September 27, 1997 |
A day after taking office, Vietnam's new prime minister said his role is to push economic reform forward while abiding by the guiding hand of the Communist Party. In a speech published in state-controlled papers, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, 63, said reform must come with stability and equity for all Vietnamese.
September 18, 1997 |
Vietnam's Communist Party has selected the country's new leadership, passing over a top general and choosing a relative unknown as the next president. Tran Duc Luong, 60, a deputy prime minister elected to the all-powerful Politburo last year, was picked as president, a senior party official confirmed Wednesday. The move represents a significant concession by the influential military leadership. Defense Minister Gen.
July 21, 1997 |
Vietnamese voted for national lawmakers Sunday in elections that are expected to start a swing toward a younger generation of Communist leaders. All 450 seats of the National Assembly were being filled. Ballots were being counted by hand, and final results were expected to be announced in a week. The vote probably will give the National Assembly a younger face. Only a fifth of the outgoing members sought reelection.