Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Vietnamese President Quang dies at 62

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Faye Gross | 23 September, 2018, 17:48

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang passed away today at the age of 61.

"Comrade Tran Dai Quang was an outstanding party and State leader of Vietnam, who had made great contributions to the development, and renovation and opening-up of Vietnam, as well as deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Vietnam", Geng said.

Former Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said Quang had been unwell for months, reported Reuters.

He hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in past year at the APEC Summit and again last March during President Moon's state visit.

According to The Associated Press, "The state-run online newspaper VnExpress quoted a former health minister and the head of a national committee in charge of leaders' health, Nguyen Quoc Trieu, as saying that Quang had contracted a rare and toxic virus since July a year ago and had traveled to Japan six times for treatment".

Quang was promoted through the Communist party's ranks, rising to become a police general and member of the politburo.

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Quang was elected to the post in 2016 after serving as the public security minister.

Despite his reputation as an influential politician, Quang often appeared uncomfortable in the public eye and lacked the charisma of his peers in the party's upper echelons.

The role of the president is mostly ceremonial.

His time in office was also marked with a simmering conflict with China over the disputed South China Sea, a long-running dispute between the communist nations that has escalated several times in the past.

"People don't care that much because they're more focused on making ends meet... and they've lost trust in this regime", the head of Vietnam's independent journalist association Pham Chi Dung told AFP. The deceased president is survived by his wife and two sons.

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