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Vietnam restores regional balance to top leadership

Pendulum finally swinging back to the south

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Vietnam Communist party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong applauds during a party meeting in Hanoi on Jan. 31: he was reelected to an unprecedented third term.   © VNA/AP

Le Hong Hiep is a senior fellow at the Vietnam Studies Program of the ISEAS -- Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

For historical reasons, Vietnamese politics are highly sensitive to regionalism. Indeed, the regional divide is one of the most important themes in Vietnamese history over the past four centuries.

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