HANOI -- As the election for Vietnam's party leadership reaches its most critical stage, the country's social networking services have divulged what they say are the names of prospective party leaders who have received nominations. The new leadership will remain in power for the next five years through 2020.
In Vietnam, more than 40 million people have a social media account, and regulation of the online services is generally not tight compared with China, which controls the Internet rigorously. For this reason, information on social networking sites is considered more reliable than official media, which is entirely controlled by the government. According to information released on a number of these sites, incumbent Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, 72, will stay on as general secretary for another term.