June 24, 2006

THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN:

Vietnamese leaders resign posts (BBC, 6/24/06)

Vietnam's top three leaders have resigned, saying they want to make way for younger politicians.

The National Assembly in Hanoi approved the resignations of President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, and Assembly Speaker Nguyen Van An. [...]

The new president is expected to be Nguyen Minh Triet and the new Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, currently deputy prime minister and seen as an economic liberal.

Both men come from the south of the country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2006 10:14 AM
Comments

After thirty years, is it really significant?

Posted by: erp at June 24, 2006 2:43 PM

erp:

Probably - imagine if a Senator from GA had been elected President in 1888 (although the circumstances are not identical).

A better analogy might be the election of Angela Merkel in Germany - would she have been able to win even 35% of the vote if Germany were in better shape?

And, in Vietnam, being an economic liberal probably means something good. There is no reason that Vietnam can't grow and do well - after all, the people who came here in the 70s and 80s have pretty much done just fine.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 24, 2006 4:26 PM

If that's true, you have to give a lot of credit to the outgoing crew. They could have pulled a Castro.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 24, 2006 11:21 PM

Don't forget - Vietnam and China have been historical enemies.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 25, 2006 12:30 AM
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