Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang passed away on September 21, 2018 in a military hospital in Hanoi after a prolonged serious illness. He was 61.
Quang passed away despite utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors. The President lapsed into a deep coma hours after being admitted to the National Military Hospital on the afternoon of September 20.
According to reports, the Vietnamese leader had been suffering from a serious illness since the past few months and had travelled abroad several times for treatment. He was sworn in as the President of the communist country in 2016, following a stint as public security minister.
While the post of the President is one of the top four posts in Vietnam, the role is largely ceremonial. The other top posts include that of the Prime Minister, National Assembly chairman and communist party head.
Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh will take over as the acting president until a new president is chosen by the communist party's Central Committee and voted on by the National Assembly.
About Tran Dai Quang
• Born in northern Ninh Binh province, Tran Dai Quang attended a police college and began his career in the police.
• He joined the Communist Party of Vietnam in July 1980, became an official party member in July 1981 and slowly rose through the ranks at the powerful Public Security Ministry before being appointed a minister in 2011.
• In 1997 he became a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam and a member of the Central Committee of the party.
• He served as the Minister of Public Security from 2011 to 2016, before being elected as the president in April 2016.
• In between, he also served as the Vice Head of Committee on HIV / AIDS Prevention from 2011 to 2014.
• He was nominated as the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in January 2016 at the 12th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam and his appointment was confirmed in April 2016 by Vietnam’s National Assembly.
Quang was known for his hard-line approach to dissent. Many of the dissidents were jailed under his leadership.
Vietnam, a one-party Communist state, has one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies.
The nation’s political structure is represented by a single party republic framework, according to which, the president is the head of the state and the prime minister is the head of the government.
Hence, the nation has no paramount ruler but is officially led by four ‘pillars’ which include the President, Prime Minister, the Chief of its Communist Party and the National Assembly Chair.
The president has a more ceremonial role, although he sits on the powerful decision-making politburo.
The Communist Party holds the real power in Vietnam. It appointed Nguyen Phu Trong as its secretary-general in January 2011, replacing Nong Duc Manh, who retired after 10 years in the post.
Vietnam's constitution provides for the vice president to perform the president's duties should he be unable to work. So Vice president Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh will handle the President’s duties until the National Assembly elects a new president.
Quang's last public appearance was at a Politburo meeting of the ruling Communist Party and a reception for a Chinese delegation on September 19, 2018.
The President had appeared thin and pale in public and was unstable on his feet last week when he had hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi.
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