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Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh named acting president of Vietnam

Country's first female head of state expected to serve until late October

HANOI -- The Vietnamese government on Wednesday named Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh as acting president, following the death of Tran Dai Quang, becoming the country’s first female head of state.

Thinh will serve as president until the post is filled by the National Assembly in late October.

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