Vietnam Will Remain a One-Party State

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, meeting in Hanoi this month, has rejected pluralism, which means publicly advocating for a multiparty system will continue to be illegal.

Even so, the party is experimenting with modest liberalization: wider voting rights for local representatives to choose their leaders, and allowing private business owners to become party members.  

Allowing entrepreneurs to join the party is expected to be approved this week and will highlight their growing influence in Vietnam, whose constitution mandates that the state play a “leading role” in the economy even though the private sector accounts for more than 80% of industrial output. 

The modest changes reflect the Communist Party’s attempt in Vietnam to move gradually toward become more friendly to free enterprise while maintaining in firm c0ntrol.   

More on communism in Vietnam and Communist Party working with business

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