Vietnam bids final farewell to president before burial

Vietnam bids final farewell to president before burialVietnam held an emotional memorial for president Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi Thursday before his body was carried through the city with weeping residents and police lining the streets to bid him a final farewell. A long-serving communist stalwart and former national police chief, Quang was celebrated for his dedication to the country that he spent much of his career serving. “The leader with many contributions to the country bid farewell to us… a great loss for the family and the nation,” Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said at a ceremony Thursday.


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Vietnam's president dies after viral illness

Vietnam's president dies after viral illnessQuang’s rise, at a time of growing dissent on social media and challenges to the party’s authority, signaled limits to Vietnam’s liberal agenda, despite a growing openness to social change and sweeping economic reform, experts say. Quang, 61, died in a military hospital in Hanoi of a “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors,” Vietnam Television said. Quang had been ill for months, said former health minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu, who now oversees healthcare for high-ranking officials.


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