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Changing guard

As Vietnam's 10th Communist Party congress closed on Tuesday, four old men sat silently in the front row.

Friday, 28 April, 2006, 12:00am

Shadowy ideologue emerges to complete leadership jigsaw

The looming prospect of three-star General Le Kha Phieu taking the Communist Party's top post could be one of the most dramatic events in Hanoi in years.

The appointment would complete a drawn-out reshuffle at the top that has at times paralysed social and economic reforms which international institutions such as the United Nations are demanding with increased urgency.

29 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Agile ideologue waits in wings

General Le Kha Phieu, one of the country's most publicity-shy and mysterious leaders, is the man of the moment in Vietnamese politics.

A closed-door meeting of the Communist Party's central committee is under way in Hanoi which could seal General Phieu's future as successor to top leader Do Muoi, soon to turn 81.

27 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Old comrades try to rekindle flame

Hanoi and Moscow have long shared one of the region's most complex relationships, but as the new century approaches it is one in desperate need of a kick-start.

26 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Vietnam warning of lurking graft

VIETNAM'S top leader yesterday warned that corruption loomed as a 'fatal disease' for a leadership that needed to get closer to the people.

Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi told the opening of a crucial parliamentary session that leaders needed to be more open, but he warned that any push for freedom outside the party's vast umbrella would be punished.

21 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Rural unrest tops Hanoi's agenda

HANOI is entering a season of intense political manoeuvring as the Communist Party grapples with forthcoming leadership changes and one of its worst fears - peasant unrest.

A new collective ruling troika of party general secretary, president and prime minister is expected to be in place by the end of the year, analysts say.

17 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Reforming Vietnam

Despite an urgent need for increasing economic reforms in Vietnam, the impending change of leadership gives scant reason to hope that anything radical is in the offing.

For the past decade, the Government has tried to strike a balance between economic modernisation and the old communist ideology.

24 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Respected military holds key to pace of reform within party

As questions arise over Vietnam's leadership - one of the region's most complex and secretive - many eyes will be turning to its legendary military for a hint of the future.

14 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Raids on palatial homes expose massive corruption scam

The luxurious lifestyles of directors of a troubled Vietnamese state-owned textile firm have led economic police to what is possibly Vietnam's biggest-ever corruption scam.

Raids on offices and the palatial homes of 11 former officials of the Nam Dinh Weaving Company in Nam Ha province have unearthed unaccounted-for debts of more than US$60 million (HK$463.68 million).

31 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Survival politics outweigh ideology

The staring eyes of Lenin, Marx and Ho Chi Minh may have been bearing down on the Communist Party congress, but it was the tough politics of survival that ruled as much as ideology.

Overall, the party seems to have created a mandate for a new era of control as much as it has made any commitment to reform.

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Muoi tries to silence fears over Vietnam

Vietnam's top leader yesterday tried to soothe foreigners' fears over plans for increased Communist Party infiltration of their business interests.

Party General Secretary Do Muoi said the creation of party cells and communist-controlled unions in foreign and private enterprises could only be 'mutually beneficial'.

1 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Warm speech helps to thaw icy relations

Old ideological rifts were firmly buried yesterday between former warring comrades Vietnam and China as premier Li Peng called for more solidarity between the world's two largest remaining communist-ruled nations.

'We all want peace and stability,' Mr Li told the opening of the congress.

29 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Veteran trio joined by emerging talents

Party chief Do Muoi looks set to reign over a new, expanded Politburo featuring several rising young stars.

Mr Muoi, President Le Duc Anh and Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet - all in their 70s - will remain in their present posts for continuity, at least in the short term, predict sources.

28 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Party's message loud and clear

Hanoi woke yesterday to stirring songs of revolution as Vietnam geared up for its first Communist Party congress in five years.

The capital's vast system of loudspeakers has recently been improved, and political messages from the party and state now boom out at dawn and dusk.

24 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Viet talks steer clear of land rows

THE party chiefs of China and Vietnam held talks in Beijing yesterday that skirted warily around the sensitive issue of territorial disputes in a bid to stress socialist fraternity.

Party boss Jiang Zemin and his counterpart Do Muoi had a lengthy meeting after a welcoming ceremony marking the official start of Mr Muoi's six-day visit.

28 Nov 1995 - 12:00am