Delegates clap their hands while attending the closing ceremony of the 12th National Congress of Vietnam Communist Party in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)
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HANOI: Vietnam's latest political turnover made one thing abundantly clear: Being a strong, charismatic leader with a high domestic and international profile will only lead to your downfall.Vietnam's Communist Party ended a weeklong congress Wednesday sticking with the status quo by re-electing Nguyen Phu Trong as party general secretary, the country's No. 1 leader, for a second five-year term.Collective leadership is key to understanding how Vietnam's one-party Communist system works.So what does that partial change in leadership mean for Vietnam? Will the economic reforms that Dung was carrying out stop? Will Vietnam start kowtowing to China, with whom Dung had apparently crossed swords? Will Vietnam move away from the U.S.?Under Dung, Vietnam's annual per capita GDP tripled to $2,100 .Apparently it was a subtle warning to Trong to leave Dung alone.
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