22 May '11, 3am

Polls open in Vietnam's one-party state

Polls open in Vietnam's one-party state

HANOI: Vietnam began voting Sunday in an election officially described as a "great political event" even though the ruling communists are guaranteed to hold onto power in the one-party state. More than 60 million people are eligible to cast ballots for 500 members of the National Assembly, widely regarded as becoming more outspoken despite being under the control of the communists. The assembly will later endorse the country's new government. Voters were already arriving to cast their votes shortly after polling stations officially opened at 7:00 am (0000 GMT). There has been daily coverage on state television of election preparations, and red banners on the elections hang in city streets. "The people are excited and glad, looking forward to the elections," says one. Another urges them to choose candidates wisely. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga p...

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