16 Jan '11, 9pm

DTN Singapore: Vietnam's communist party to vote on leaders: Vietnam's ruling communists on Monday elect a new l...

HANOI (AFP) - – Vietnam's ruling communists on Monday elect a new leadership that will guide the country's efforts to modernise its economic growth model and confront rising inflation, a weak currency and other woes. But critics doubt a significant change in direction by a party that last week affirmed "the key role" for its state economic sector -- 25 years after war-shattered Vietnam began a "doi moi" policy to embrace the free market and move away from a rigid command economic system. Nearly 1,400 delegates, who refer to each other as "comrade", have gathered since Wednesday for their five-yearly congress at a Hanoi convention centre, where images of the party's founder and revered first president Ho Chi Minh watch over them. Calls have been mounting for tough, decisive leadership to reform the economy and tackle soaring inflation, a struggling currency, a trade deficit...

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