Vietnam gets first female president, but just for a short while

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Vietnam’s national assembly appointed Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh as interim president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam after the death of President Tran Dai Quang on September 21. Thinh will hold office until the next special plenary session in which a new head of state will be elected. She thus becomes the first woman to assume the presidency of the country.

Thinh has been vice-president since April 2016. Vietnam’s constitution states that the vice president must take over duties. Born on December 25, 1959 in the central province of Quang Nam, Thinh was also the first woman to occupy the country’s vice-presidency when, with a high vote in the national assembly, she was elected to the post on April 8, 2016.

Thinh is a member of the Communist Party since 1979 and holds the permanent presidency of the Vietnam Women’s Union. She also serves on the foreign relations committee of the national assembly.

It is expected that the national assembly will convene a special session for the first days of October to elect the new president of the country.

In Vietnam, the role of president mostly involves ceremonial duties. Vietnam has no top ruler, and is led by the president, the prime minister and Communist Party chief together.

According to official accounts, former president Tran Dai Quang died aged 61 from a serious illness caused by a rare virus infection. He was one of Vietnam’s few sitting presidents to die in office. The last was Ho Chi Minh, the communist revolutionary and Vietnam’s independence hero, who died as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam’s first president in 1969.

Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province in a state funeral on September 27. Vietnam will hold a two-day national mourning period from September 26 to 27 in his honour.

The late president, a former chief of the country’s powerful Ministry of Public Security, which oversees the uniformed police and a network of intelligence agents known to spy on civilians, has been described by critics as a political hardliner cracking down on free speech and repressing political dissidents. He was also police general and member of the party’s elite politburo.

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Vietnam’s national assembly appointed Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh as interim president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam after the death of President Tran Dai Quang on September 21. Thinh will hold office until the next special plenary session in which a new head of state will be elected. She thus becomes the first woman to assume the presidency of the country.

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Vietnam’s national assembly appointed Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh as interim president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam after the death of President Tran Dai Quang on September 21. Thinh will hold office until the next special plenary session in which a new head of state will be elected. She thus becomes the first woman to assume the presidency of the country.

Thinh has been vice-president since April 2016. Vietnam’s constitution states that the vice president must take over duties. Born on December 25, 1959 in the central province of Quang Nam, Thinh was also the first woman to occupy the country’s vice-presidency when, with a high vote in the national assembly, she was elected to the post on April 8, 2016.

Thinh is a member of the Communist Party since 1979 and holds the permanent presidency of the Vietnam Women’s Union. She also serves on the foreign relations committee of the national assembly.

It is expected that the national assembly will convene a special session for the first days of October to elect the new president of the country.

In Vietnam, the role of president mostly involves ceremonial duties. Vietnam has no top ruler, and is led by the president, the prime minister and Communist Party chief together.

According to official accounts, former president Tran Dai Quang died aged 61 from a serious illness caused by a rare virus infection. He was one of Vietnam’s few sitting presidents to die in office. The last was Ho Chi Minh, the communist revolutionary and Vietnam’s independence hero, who died as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam’s first president in 1969.

Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province in a state funeral on September 27. Vietnam will hold a two-day national mourning period from September 26 to 27 in his honour.

The late president, a former chief of the country’s powerful Ministry of Public Security, which oversees the uniformed police and a network of intelligence agents known to spy on civilians, has been described by critics as a political hardliner cracking down on free speech and repressing political dissidents. He was also police general and member of the party’s elite politburo.

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