Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi on September 13. Official media say

Mr Quang died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a "serious illness, despite efforts by domestic and global doctors and professors", Vietnam Television reported.

Quang, 61, died in a military hospital in Hanoi of a "serious illness despite efforts by domestic and worldwide doctors and professors", Vietnam Television said.

Quang became Vietnam's president following the 2016 Community Party Congress.

Mr Quang had been serving as president since April 2016.

In May, at the time of the Vietnamese Communist Party's Seventh Plenum, The Diplomat reported that there were rumors Quang would be replaced "on account of health".

"However, despite all the efforts of the leading domestic and foreign physicians, he failed to recover", Vietnam's healthcare division of central officials said in the report.

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At one of Quang's last appearances, during a visit to Hanoi by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on September 11, the president appeared visibly unwell and stumbled as he stepped on to a platform to inspect a guard of honour.

Quang, one of the country's top three leaders but with mostly ceremonial duties, hosted President Donald Trump during his first state visit to the communist country previous year. It said Quang died at a military hospital in Hanoi but did not elaborate on his illness.

Born in northern Ninh Binh province, Quang attended a police college and rose through the ranks at the powerful Ministry of Public Security before being appointed minister in 2011.

Vietnam cancelled at least one oil drilling project in the resource-rich region during Quang's tenure in an apparent bid to quell tensions.

Quang hosted President Donald Trump during his first state visit to the communist country past year, when Trump attended a summit of Pacific Rim leaders.

As president, he oversaw a crackdown on dissidents that rights groups have decried as a chokehold on free expression.

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