Viet Political Transition a Nightmare f…

The takedown of Vietnam’s most prominent and dynamic politician provided political drama last month. It was a difficult and dangerous time for Vietnam’s community of pro-democracy activists. In a story first published in the online dissident publication Vietnam Right Now, independent blogger Pham Doan Trang recounts how Vietnam’s vast bureaucracy of repression moved to keep non-conformists at bay. Then, assessing the intra-Communist contest, Trang finds the triumph of party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to be, just possibly, a hopeful harbinger of reform.

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