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Vietnam president Nguyen Phu Trong to resume work ‘soon’: foreign ministry

Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:40 GMT+7
Vietnam president Nguyen Phu Trong to resume work ‘soon’: foreign ministry
Vietnamese Party chief and State President Nguyen Phu Trong inspects a prawn farm in Kien Giang Province, Vietnam on April 14. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Party Chief and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will return to work “soon," Vietnam’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

“A heavy workload and extreme weather have affected the health of General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong,” according to Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hang’s statement was given in response to a question from AFP regarding rumor of his health following a working trip to the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang earlier this month.

“He will return to normal work soon,” Hang reiterated.

President Trong was in Kien Giang from April 13 to 14 to discuss the implementation of socio-economic, security, and national defense initiatives with local officials.

On Thursday, chairwoman of the lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan told voters in her electorate that State President Trong’s health is stable and he will soon be fit to resume work.

The leader, 75, became State President of Vietnam in October 2018 after the death of his predecessor, late State President Tran Dai Quang.

He is also General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, a position he has held since 2011.

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