Vietnam - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Nature of Government

One thousand years of Chinese rule (111 B.C.E.–C.E. 939) were followed by nine hundred years of independence (939–1884), during which time the regions of Vietnam existed mostly as separate and rival political societies. In 1862 France occupied Cochinchina, the southern third of the country, designating it a colony. It later established protectorates over Annam and Tonkin, the central and northern parts of the country, in 1884. The French ruled Vietnam until World War II (1939–1945) when Japanese forces occupied the country. In August 1945, a popular revolution swept the Japanese-inspired puppet government from power, paving the way for independence.

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Nationalist forces led by the communist Ho Chi Minh (1890–1969) declared independence on September 2, 1945, holding general elections in January 1946. The first National Assembly met in March 1946, electing an official government with Ho Chi Minh as the first president of the...

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