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State President Tran Dai Quang passes away, aged 62

Released at: 15:07, 21/09/2018

State President Tran Dai Quang passes away, aged 62

President Tran Dai Quang (Photo: VNA)

President died on September 21 in Hanoi.

by Long Van

Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and State President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang passed away at 10.05am on September 21 in Hanoi at the age of 62, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The State-run news agency quoted the Board of Healthcare Services for Senior Officials as reporting that the President died at Military Central Hospital 108 due to serious illness.

Mr. Quang was elected State President at the eleventh session of the 13th National Assembly on April 2, 2016.

He was born on October 12, 1956 and joined the Communist Party of Vietnam on July 26, 1980.

From July 1972 to October 1975 he was a student at the People’s Police School and School of Foreign Languages under the Ministry of the Interior (now the Ministry of Public Security).

Between October 1975 and June 1987, he served as an officer at Political Protection Department I and deputy head of Political Protection Department II’s professional office under the Ministry of the Interior.

From June 1987 to June 1990 he was head of the staff office and head of the professional office at Political Protection Department II.

From June 1990 to September 1996 he was Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of and Deputy Head of the Security Staff Department at the Ministry of the Interior.

Between September 1996 and October 2000, Mr. Quang served as head of the Security Staff Department under the Ministry of Public Security, member of the Party Committee of the General Security Department, member of the standing board of the Party Committee of the General Security Department, and Secretary of the Party Committee of the Security Staff Department under the Ministry of Public Security.

From October 2000 to April 2006 he was Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of and Deputy Head of the General Security Department under the Ministry of Public Security. He was promoted to Major General and conferred the title of Associate Professor in 2003.

Between April 2006 and January 2011, he was a member of 10th Party Central Committee, member of the Central Public Security Party Committee, member of standing board of the Central Public Security Party Committee, and Deputy Minister of Public Security. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2007 and conferred the title of Professor in 2009.

From January 2011 to August, 2011, Mr. Quang was a member of the Politburo of the 11th Party Central Committee, member of the standing board of the Central Public Security Party Committee, and Deputy Minister of Public Security.

From August 2011 to April 2016, he was Politburo member (11th and 12th tenures), member of the National Defense and Security Council, member of the Party Committee of the Government, Secretary of the Central Public Security Party Committee, and Minister of Public Security. He was promoted to Senior Lieutenant General in 2011 and General in 2012.

He was also head of the Tay Nguyen Steering Committee, a deputy of the National Assembly in the 13th and 14th tenures, deputy head of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, and deputy head of the central internal political protection sub-committee.

He served as President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since April 2, 2016.

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