Communist and post-Communist oppression Vietnam | 13 June 2024

Vietnam: Communist Party appoints general as new president

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Contrary to all predictions, the Vietnamese Communist Party quickly appointed a new president, signaling an effort to project stability and security, after a recent flurry of politicians stepping down from their posts (The Vietnamese, 23 May 2024).

World Watch Research analyst Thomas Muller comments: “The appointment of the now former Public Security Minister, General To Lam, shows that the safety and stability of the Communist regime tops all other considerations at the moment. At the same time, the fact that his appointment is limited to the remaining presidential term, ending in 2026, would seem to indicate that a long term solution may not have been found yet. Parallel to installing a new president, four new members have been appointed to the Politburo (The Vietnamese, 20 May 2024).”

Thomas Muller adds: “When General To Lam headed the Public Security Ministry, the Christian minority came under increased pressure through rising levels of scrutiny by security organs and through the implementation of new laws. Now that he has been appointed president, Christians cannot expect any improvements in their situation in the foreseeable future.”


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