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Vietnamese President Quang, contender for top leader, dies at 61

Death seen concentrating power in hands of pro-China party chief Trong

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.    © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY/HANOI -- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, once seen as a potential successor to the Southeast Asian nation's top leader, died on Friday at the age of 61, according to state media.

The report said he died at a hospital in Hanoi after suffering from a serious illness. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh will serve as acting president until a new president is named by the Communist Party's Central Committee and elected by the National Assembly.

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