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Political developments in Vietnam: the rise and demise of Le Kha Phieu, 1997–2001 CAR LY L E A . T H AY E R

This chapter reviews major political developments at the elite level in Vietnam during the stewardship of Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) Secretary General Le Kha Phieu (December 1997-April 2001). Political developments are considered under six major headings: the rise of Le Kha Phieu, rural unrest, economic crisis, political dissent, corruption and internal party politics. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of the ninth national party congress and the selection of Nong Duc Manh as the new Secretary General of the VCP.