Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang Dies After 'Serious Illness'

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang greets journalists at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi Vietnam

Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang (photo) died this morning at the age of 61, State media announced.

Mr. Quang died at a military hospital in Hanoi; the statement didn't elaborate on his illness.

"China extends its deep grief and condolences over the unfortunate passing of President Tran Dai Quang".

Former Minister of Public Security, key role of the regime, during his tenure, Tran Dai Quang received the harsh criticism of the global community: he contributed to the repression of any discordant voice, ordering the detention of political prisoners, bloggers or journalists.

President since 2016, Tran Dai Quang continued to exercise his official functions, in spite of her fatigue visible and its weight-loss.

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Quang hosted President Trump when he made his first state visit to the country during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Danang previous year. Vietnam Backs India's Permanent Membership in UNSC.

Since last week, Quang had appeared thin and pale in public and unstable on his feet when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi.

His last public appearance was just two days ago at a meeting with visiting Chinese politicians and foreign dignitaries in Hanoi.

The president has a more ceremonial role, although he sits on the powerful decision-making politburo. Quang was elected to the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam in 2011 and was promoted to a full general in 2012. More than 40 people were jailed this year and some 100 have been behind bars as of April 2018, according to Amnesty International.

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