To Lam and Vuong Dinh Hue fight for next party chief but Nguyen Phu Trong may remain in his post

Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue

Observers highly appreciated the fact that Minister To Lam suddenly borrowed the hands of his subordinates, the Thai Binh provincial Police, to urgently arrest Luu Binh Nhuong – Deputy of the National Assembly People’s Petition Commission on the evening of November 14, 2019. at Noi Bai airport, on charges of “property appropriation.”

After that, Luu Binh Nhuong was immediately taken by police to his residence and workplace, including his home in his hometown of Thai Binh, to conduct a search, with the purpose of searching for documents. involved infighting.

Sun Tzu’s Art of War has a saying, “The first to strike is for strength, the last to strike for disaster” meaning, whoever can strike first will have a strong advantage, if he strikes after his opponent, he will face great disaster. To Lam was successful in this.

It seems that Nhuong was arrested in a completely unexpected state, without any prior psychological preparation. Perhaps, he does not believe that the Ministry of Public Security would arrest him at this time.

Even though a whole year ago, well-informed people confirmed that it was only a matter of time to arrest him because of his too strong and public statements in the 14th National Assembly. What Nhuong said, people knows but the responsible leaders and officials do not want to say such things.

Most recently, on November 17, lawyer and journalist Le Quoc Quan, a former student of Luu Binh Nhuong at Hanoi Law University, in an article titled “Master Luu Binh Nhuong was arrested and “the justice rate” posted on VOA’s website, revealing shocking news:

Lecturer Luu Binh Nhuong also shared with me once about not getting along with the police and prosecutor’s office. Recently, I heard from a friend who is working in the Government that, on one occasion 3 years ago, Truong Hoa Binh said about him “That guy is crying for others, just wait!”.

Surely Luu Binh Nhuong, with his relationships, also knew this. Therefore, his statements in the National Assembly are often written down on paper to prevent “accidents.” Even in video clips of press interviews, Nhuong also shows people that he is careful with every sentence and every word to avoid getting into trouble.

Even that, Luu Binh Nhuong could not escape his fate. When the judicial agencies, including the police, courts and procuracy, agreed to kill him, how could he avoid it?

What is worth mentioning is that Minister To Lam is not only good at applying Sun Tzu’s Art of War, but he is also excellent at creating distractions.

As a reminder, on November 10, when commenting on regulations related to “traffic command“, at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee, General To Lam said: “There is only one law, the priority vehicle also have to stop at a red light.”

Immediately, observers, based on Minister To Lam’s opinion that could be said to be a 180-degree turn, said that To Lam was telling the National Assembly to “live and work according to the law” and “everyone is equal” with no exceptions, no priority given to anyone.

But no one expected that, just 4 days later, on November 14, To Lam urgently arrested the Deputy head of the National Assembly’s People’s Petition Commission Luu Binh Nhuong – a person believed to have full immunity. Thus, this is the reason that Minister of Public Security To Lam informed the National Assembly that “… everyone must live and work according to the law” and “everyone is equal” with no priority exceptions for anyone.

Until now, observers have not yet seen the reaction of the National Assembly, headed by Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, regarding Luu Binh Nhuong’s urgent arrest. Even President Vo Van Thuong felt silent.

It can be said that from the beginning, Nhuong maintained an offensive position, while the judiciary’s side maintained a defensive position. But at this point, To Lam and Nguyen Hoa Binh are temporarily considered to be ahead of Vuong Dinh Hue and Vo Van Thuong: 1 – 0.

According to observers, it is too early to evaluate and conclude which side wins and which side loses. But certainly, the duel is a one-or-one final battle, with the huge prize being the General Secretary’s position when Trong will retire.

But don’t forget, before the 13th National Congress, also because of the “dog fighting over a bone” issue, when Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in the role of a “special case” similar to Trong, resolutely did not agree to let Tran Quoc Vuong to become the new General Secretary. In the end, Trong got angry and decided to stay as General Secretary for a third term, regardless of violating Article 17 of the Party Charter, which does not allow someone sitting as General Secretary for more than 2 consecutive terms.

Public opinion sees that the factions within the Party should stop “fighting over bones” and not let General Secretary Trong once again play the trick to stay in his post. (Translated)