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Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning for President Tran Dai Quang who died last week at age 61.

The Communist Party and government announcement said flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday.

Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province on Thursday.

FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang meets with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the Presidential Palace during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam. Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP, File)

He died at a military hospital in Hanoi on Friday. State media quoted a government doctor as saying he died due to a rare virus but the reports did not identify it.

A career security officer, Quang rose through the ranks to be Minister of Public Security in 2011 and was elected by the National Assembly as the nation’s president in April 2016.

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