In One-Party Vietnam, Independents vie for Assembly Seats - Edmund Malesky interviewed in The New York Times

Monday, March 21, 2016

“Before, the National Assembly wasn’t so much part of the national consciousness,” but this year’s crop of independents draws from a far wider cross-section of society, said Edmund J. Malesky, a Vietnam specialist and a professor of political economy at Duke University.

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Professor Malesky said that the independents were younger than ever and that many were discussing their platforms with a degree of openness that is rare in the one-party state. Debates in the National Assembly had become livelier in recent years, he said, and the rise of nontraditional candidates like Ms. Mai Khoi might reflect a growing interest among ordinary Vietnamese in domestic politics. 

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