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Communist Party of Vietnam concludes congress, says will stick to Marxism-Leninism in reforms

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 18:33 GMT+7

The Communist Party of Vietnam closed its quinquennial congress on Thursday after having elected the decision-making Politburo, while newly re-elected General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong underlined Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought will continue to be the foundations for reforming the country.

Nineteen members were appointed to the Politburo, which is the most powerful panel in the Party, as the 12th National Congress concluded in Hanoi.

The grand event was scheduled for January 20-28 to choose national leaders for the 2016-20 term. The 12th National Congress was attended by 1,510 delegates representing 4.5 million Party members across the country.

The Politburo was selected from the 12th Party Central Committee, which handles policy and was announced on Tuesday before General Secretary Trong won re-election one day later. His victory was officially confirmed and publicized on Thursday.

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Members of the 12th Party Central Committee gather for a group photo on the stage at the closing session of the 12th National Congress in Hanoi on January 28, 2016. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Among the 19 Politburo members are Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security; Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister; Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Vice Chairwoman of the lawmaking National Assembly; Nguyen Van Binh, Governor of the State Bank; Truong Hoa Binh, Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court; and Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport.

The 12th Party Central Committee includes 180 official members and 20 alternate seats.

The 11th Party Central Committee named Minister Quang, Deputy PM Phuc, and Vice Chairwoman Ngan nominees for State President, Prime Minister, and National Assembly Chair at its 14th meeting, organized from January 11 to 13 to prepare personnel and work out a list of candidates for the key leadership posts, Vu Trong Kim, Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, affirmed on Sunday. 

As scheduled, the National Assembly will vote on the three posts in the middle of this year.

General Secretary Trong, 72, said that he did not expect to be re-elected at a press meeting after the congress closed.

“I feel surprised to be named General Secretary again with nearly 100 percent of the ballots,” he said. “I am old, my health is limited, and so are my qualifications. I asked to retire. But the Party has given me a responsibility so I have to take it as a member.”  

He added that the job will be tough for him and there is much to do ahead, with both opportunities and challenges awaiting Vietnam, given new developments in domestic and international situations.

General Secretary Trong underlined during his speech to close the congress that the 12th Party Central Committee will abide by Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought to carry out reforms, insisting on the principle of independence and socialism, while citing documents ratified by the congress.

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General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stands to speak to the media during a press meeting after the 12th National Congress in Hanoi on January 28, 2016. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh Thought is an ideology that adapts Marxism-Leninism to the specific social, political, and economic conditions of Vietnam by late President Ho Chi Minh. 

The general secretary added that Vietnam will learn suitable lessons from other countries during its development process, anticipating both prospects and challenges.

Asked by an AFP reporter at the press meeting that if Vietnam would become a more democratic and prosperous country under his leadership, General Secretary Trong said that Vietnamese are trying to build a country where the people are rich, the state is strong, their society is equal, democratic, and civilized.

“These are long-term targets,” he added. “In the shorter term, we will build a developed, civilized, and modern Vietnam.”

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