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Vietnam Reaffirms Party Role in New Charter

28 November 2013

Vietnam passed a revised Constitution on Thursday that reaffirmed the dominant political and economic role of the Communist Party, disappointing reform advocates who had taken advantage of an unprecedented public revision process this year to press for far greater changes. The ruling party announced its plan to change the charter earlier this year, citing the need to keep up with changing economic times. An early draft removed language saying the state sector must “play the leading role” in the national economy, but the version passed Thursday by 98 percent of the members in the national assembly in Hanoi reinstated that wording. —AP