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Politics weigh on future of Hanoi's economic reforms

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Members of the Central Committee of Vietnam Communist Party pose for a photo at the closing ceremony of the 12th National Congress of the Vietnam Communist Party in Hanoi on Jan. 28.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the long-ruling Communist Party of Vietnam kept his post during a week-long party congress in Hanoi that ended Jan. 28 as he easily fended off a challenge by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who has championed economic reforms.

     The CPV holds a congress every five years to make leadership changes and set policy guidelines. Although the congress was held behind closed doors, the preceding weeks saw an unprecedented tussle among party apparatchiks as contending factions "played out via the Internet through blogs, leaks, rumors and innuendos," according to Hung Nguyen, professor emeritus of government and international affairs at George Mason University in the U.S.

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