Virus kills Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, 61
Hanoi: Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, a former chief of internal security who became one of the most high-profile leaders in the communist-ruled country, died on Friday after an illness, state media said.
Quang’s rise, at a time of growing dissent on social media and challenges to the party’s authority, signalled limits to the country’s liberal agenda, despite a growing openness to social change and sweeping economic reform, experts say.
The 61-year-old died in a military hospital in Hanoi of a “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors,” Vietnam Television said.
He had hosted a reception for China’s Supreme Court chief on Wednesday, state-owned newspaper Vietnam News said.
Rumours of his illness had circulated on social media for months.