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Vietnam's top ousters leave Hanoi rudderless on economy

'Four Pillars' of government reduced to two in anti-corruption drive

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has embarked on a campaign to eradicate corruption.   © Reuters

HANOI -- A series of high-profile resignations at the top of Vietnam's political class amid an anti-corruption campaign is raising questions about the direction of the country just when it faces significant economic challenges.

National Assembly speaker Vuong Dinh Hue, the fourth-ranking member of the Communist Party, has resigned, state media announced Friday, in what is widely seen by observers as a de facto ouster.

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