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Vietnam general secretary Trong elected to unprecedented 3rd term

Communist party chief credited with stabilizing state affairs amid COVID pandemic

Vietnam Communist party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong applauds during a party meeting in Hanoi, Jan. 31, 2021. He has been re-elected for another term as the country's de-facto top leader.   © VNA via AP

HANOI -- The Communist Party of Vietnam on Sunday decided to give General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong an unprecedented third five-year term as the nation's top leader.

The decision, made at the party's 13th National Congress, recognizes that Trong has stably managed state affairs, including the containment of the novel coronavirus and management of an anti-corruption campaign against senior officials and executives of state-run business enterprises.

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