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Vietnam's gray old men are losing touch with the new generation

Party rulers increasingly irrelevant to many people unaware of their actual roles

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Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the opening ceremony of the 13th National Congress in Hanoi on Jan. 26: the country's development prospects are likely to be more of the same with Trong as party chief.   © VNA/Reuters

Nguyen Phuong Linh is a Singapore-based political analyst and a former journalist in Hanoi. Opinions expressed here are solely her own, not her employer's.

The Internationale, communism's anthem to revolution and the class struggle, opens with the words: "Arise, slaves in the world. Arise, those who are miserable and poor."

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