On Friday, Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang passed away. He was 61 years old.
Vietnam’s official news agency did not provide much information but reported that Quang died on Friday, September 21 in a military hospital in Hanoi due “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors”.
Quang’s last public appearance was just two days ago at a gathering in the Government Communist Party and during the reception of a Chinese delegation on Wednesday.
Quang’s little public presence of just one month throughout last year led to the speculations of his illness. He had been showing symptoms of bad health since last year.
Former security minister Quang was elected as Vietnam’s president in 2016. He was one of the country’s three most powerful leaders, along with Nguyen Phu Trong, Communist Party and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.