Nguyen Phu Trong: Vietnam’s 76-year-old leader gets rare third term

Vietnam’s ruling Community Party has re-elected its 76-year-old chief Nguyen Phu Trong for a rare third five-year term. This makes him one of the country’s strongest and longest-serving leaders in decades.

He received an exemption to contest as he was above the age limit of 65.

His leadership will have to look at the crucial next five years amid the country’s largely successful battle against Covid-19 and a booming economy.

Mr. Trong is known for his “blazing furnace” war against corruption launched in 2016, which saw many high-ranking officials sent to jail.

His re-election as party general secretary came at a party congress in Hanoi, where delegates from across the country held meetings – mostly behind closed doors. The Congress is held every five years.

Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. While the global pandemic is expected to pull much of the world into a recession, the country will try to retain its growth.


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