Vietnam’s National Assembly has appointed two new leaders who bring a new generation to power with a fresh political agenda. Former regional Communist party chief Nguyen Minh Triet has been named as president. He has a reputation for being tough on corruption – something which the government is determined to combat to help bring the country out of poverty. Vietnam is one of the world’s few remaining communist-ruled countries.
It has seen rapid economic expansion in recent years and growing international ties. That trend is likely to continue under new Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung – an economic reformer who at 56 is the youngest to hold the post since the communists unified the country at the end of the Vietnam war more than three decades ago. The new leadership takes to the international stage for the first time when Hanoi hosts a regional economic summit in November.