(From Reuters)

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveiled a new politburo on Thursday with 12 newcomers and members of the controversial outgoing premier’s cabinet, expanding the leadership of a party facing a “heavy” workload of economic reforms.

Nguyen Phu Trong

Nguyen Phu Trong, who stays party chief, pledged to maintain a pro-growth status quo that balances foreign ties and cements a consensus leadership that analysts say was strained by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s assertiveness in the latter years of his administration.

Trong, 71, said he was a reluctant leader of a party that would move Vietnam towards modernization.

“My age is high, health is limited, knowledge is limited. I asked to step down, but because of the responsibility assigned by the party I have to perform my duty,” Trong told reporters.

“I’m also worried because the upcoming work is heavy.” Read More

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