Bickering on all sides and confusion over the process have only increased as the clock ticks down to the Oct. 17 vote, called after the Supreme Court annulled the initial August election, citing widespread irregularities.
President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Thousands of world leaders, diplomats and advocates will debate issues ranging from North Korea's nuclear threat to the Paris climate accord.
The founding father of modern Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh. He led Vietnam's communist revolution against French colonial rule and then took on the United States. But it seems he long had an admiration for the US and repeatedly sought the country's help in the decades before the Vietnam War.