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Vietnam president's mysterious absence raising eyebrows

Chief of state's month out of public eye churns political rumor mill

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a June meeting in Moscow, about a month before his last public appearance.   © Pool via Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has not been seen in public for nearly a month with no explanation from the government, fueling speculation about a power struggle and talk that the nation's top leader -- the head of the Communist Party -- could step down next year.

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