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Vietnam edges toward China's model of centralized rule

Trong set for presidential coronation, but with weaker powers than Xi Jinping

Nguyen Phu Trong   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The decision by Vietnam's ruling Communist Party to endorse General Secretary Nguyen Pho Trong as the country's next president is akin to China's shift to centralized rule under Xi Jinping -- albeit with more limitations.

The presidency has been vacant since last month's death of Tran Dai Quang, and Vietnam's National Assembly is expected to rubber-stamp Trong as the replacement during a monthlong session starting on Oct. 22.

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