Provided by Bill Laurie

OVERHAUL OF THE VIETNAMESE CONSTITUTION

Vietnam's government has asked its citizens to debate planned revisions to the country's constitution. But when journalist Nguyen Dac Kien weighed in on his blog, he quickly discovered the limits of its willingness for discussion. His state-run paper fired him the next day.

Kien had taken issue with a statement by the Communist Party chief in which he said discussions over the revisions should not include questions over the role of the party.

A group of several hundred well-known intellectuals, including a former justice minister, have circulated an online petition calling for multiparty elections, private land ownership, respect for human rights and the separation of the branches of government. More than 5,000 people have signed it.

Perhaps the most significant change in the draft on the government's website is the removal of language stipulating that the state sector "plays the leading" role in the national economy. That could help the government in its pledge to restructure the country's lumbering, corruption-riddled and unproductive state-owned sector, which eats up much of the national budget and has been blamed for the current economic difficulties.

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