Timor-Leste in 2016: Redefining Democracy

Dennis Shoesmith

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In January 2016 the 12th Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party elected a new set of leaders to govern the country in the next five years. It was the result of an intense power struggle within the ruling elite, culminating in an unprecedented political duel between General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. To the surprise of most observers, the apparently more powerful Dung was defeated. How to make sense of this event? What are the underlying currents that drove it? What characterizes the new constellation and what does it mean for Vietnam's domestic and foreign policies in the years to come? This chapter explores the dynamics that made this stunning leadership change possible. It also puts the new leadership constellation into perspective and assesses the long-term implications of this leadership change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoutheast Asian Affairs 2017
EditorsDaljit Singh, Malcolm Cook
PublisherISEAS Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789814762878
ISBN (Print)9789814762861
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Shoesmith, D. (2017). Timor-Leste in 2016: Redefining Democracy. In D. Singh, & M. Cook (Eds.), Southeast Asian Affairs 2017 (pp. 387-406). ISEAS Publishing.