Vietnam's president dies after viral illness

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Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang died today at the age of 61 due to illness from which he was suffering. It names the president and is the highest governing body in the country, being responsible for all the most important decisions.

Quang had passed away "despite efforts by domestic and global doctors and professors", Vietnam Television reported.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent.

During Tran Dai Quang's tenure as President, he oversaw a crackdown on dissidents that rights groups described as a chokehold on free expression, with more than 40 people being jailed this year itself.

"However, no new Politburo members were named, while Quang quashed rumors of his ill-health by successfully carrying out his duties as chair for the closing session", according to The Diplomat.

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The reports did not provide further information about Quang's illness. "He began showing symptoms of illness in June a year ago and has been treated in Japan six times since", said Trieu.

"He suffered from a kind of highly virulent virus, for which there has not been any efficient treatment".

Vietnam's political structure is such that, it has no paramount ruler.

It was part of the quartet of conservatives at the head of the regime, with the Prime minister, the president of the national Assembly and especially the secretary general of the communist party, a true number one.

Born in 1956 in the northern province of Ninh Binh, he was elected president of Vietnam in April 2016 at the 11th plenary meeting of the 13th National Assembly.

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