Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies after serious illness

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday after prolonged and serious illness.

According to the reports, the 61-year-old died at 10:05 am (local time) in the military hospital in Hanoi.

Quang had been in power since April 2016, after being nominated by his predecessor Truong Tan Sang and elected to the post by the National Assembly of Vietnam. Before that he had served as Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security, an organization with broad powers, including intelligence gathering and thwarting domestic and foreign threats.

Tran Dai Quang was originally from a small farming community 115 km (70 miles) south of Hanoi.