Peo­ple line streets of Viet­nam’s cap­i­tal to mourn pres­i­dent

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple lined the streets of Hanoi on Thurs­day to pay their last re­spects to Viet­nam’s late Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang.

Many were us­ing smart phones to catch glimpses of his flag-draped cof­fin as it passed by on a truck-drawn ar­tillery car­riage.

Quang died last week at age 61 with what a gov­ern­ment doc­tor said was a rare vi­ral ill­ness.

In a eu­logy, Com­mu­nist Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong said Quang’s pass­ing was a great loss to the coun­try and praised his con­tri­bu­tions to the na­tion.

Trong said Quang, who was pub­lic se­cu­rity min­is­ter be­fore be­com­ing pres­i­dent, had helped to “un­cover and pre­vent many sab­o­tage plots of the hos­tile and re­ac­tionary forces and other crim­i­nals.”

As pres­i­dent, Quang, along with other lead­ers, sped re­forms to de­velop Viet­nam’s so­cial­ist mar­ket-ori­ented econ­omy and worked to heighten Viet­nam’s in­ter­na­tional role, Trong said.

Cam­bo­dian Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen and South Korean Prime Min­is­ter Lee Nak-yeon were among dig­ni­taries who paid their re­spects as Quang’s body lay in state at the Na­tional Funeral House.

He was to be buried in his home vil­lage in north­ern Ninh Binh prov­ince later Thurs­day in ac­cor­dance with his fam­ily’s wish in­stead of Mai Dich Ceme­tery in Hanoi, where most high-rank­ing of­fi­cials were buried.

Quang be­came min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity in 2011 and was elected by the Na­tional Assem­bly as the na­tion’s pres­i­dent in 2016.

Vice Pres­i­dent Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has been named act­ing pres­i­dent, the coun­try’s first woman to hold that po­si­tion. No date has been given for the elec­tion of a new pres­i­dent.

– AP

Photo: AP

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