Vietnam’s second ousted president in about a year shows political struggles

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Vietnam may not have the polarizing elections that divide many democratic nations, but the overthrow of a second president in just over a year shows that closed-door power struggles within a one-party state can be just as brutal.

President Vo Van ThuongThe 53-year-old had been a rising star in the Communist Party, an ally and potential successor to the ailing 79-year-old party chief. Nguyen Phu Trong. Thuong’s resignation on Wednesday (a party statement vaguely said he “violated regulations on what party members cannot do”) instead leaves a leadership vacuum in what has been one of the fastest-growing economies. from Asia.

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