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Fewer independents vie for Vietnam’s Communist Party-dominated assembly

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(Removes extraneous material from the lead paragraph) By James Pearson HANOI (Reuters) -Fewer independent candidates than before are standing in an election in Vietnam on Sunday to a largely rubber-stamp legislature that is dominated by the Communist Party but which has taken on a growing role in discussing social issues. Despite increasing openness to social change and a plethora of free trade deals, the party – one of the last ruling communist parties in the world – retains tight control over Vietnam and its media, and tolerates little dissent. Some 92% of candidates standing for the 500-sea…

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