Category: Politics

Independents face more obstacles

Independent candidates attempting to challenge the Communist party in legislative elections say the authorities have stepped up obstruction and harassment as the deadline for registration approaches. Some say their efforts to put their names forward for the election on May…

Activists rally for May election

A campaign to challenge the Communist party in upcoming legislative elections is gathering momentum despite signs that the police are closely monitoring potential independent candidates. Ten civil society activists in Hanoi have joined the veteran pro-democracy campaigner, Dr Nguyen Quang…

A guide to the National Assembly election

The National Assembly election will take place on May 22. The body has an important constitutional role on paper but has always been seen as more of an ornamentation, manipulated by the Communist party to bolster the legitimacy of its…

Dissident in open challenge to party control

One of Vietnam’s most respected and influential dissidents is launching a campaign for election to the National Assembly in a direct challenge to the Communist Party’s monopoly on power. Dr Nguyen Quang A, a former party member and army officer,…

Victorious Trong justifies one-party rule

The victory of the communist old guard at the 12th party congress puts an end, for now, to a protracted power struggle that has riven the top levels of the Vietnamese leadership for years. The incumbent party boss, Nguyen Phu…

Fear, superstition and propaganda as congress meets.

A heavy police presence, a tightening of censorship and the death of a “sacred” turtle have added to an already charged political atmosphere as Communist Party delegates meet to decide the future leadership of Vietnam. Plainclothes police surrounded the homes…

Congress meets amid discord and rumours

Some 1,500 delegates have gathered in Hanoi for a decisive Communist Party congress amid a febrile political atmosphere unprecedented in recent years. Social media networks have been awash for weeks with rumours of vicious infighting, letters of denunciation and even…

Hanoi tense as leadership contest approaches climax

Political tension in Hanoi is rising as an intense struggle for the leadership of the Communist Party approaches its climax. Bloggers and other activists have been called in for long questioning sessions by police, who seem determined to prevent any…

Ba Sam trial set for eve of party congress

One of Vietnam’s highest profile political trials in years has been scheduled for the day before the Communist Party begins its much anticipated 12th National Congress. Nguyen Huu Vinh, who founded the Anh Ba Sam website, and his colleague, Nguyen…

Internet critics warned

The Vietnamese government has warned against the use of the internet to attack the Communist Party, amid swirling rumours of divisions and infighting in the run-up to the party congress in January. It condemned what it called “toxic activity” on…