Vietnam's former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong has passed away due to old age and serious illness.
Trong, who was a former member of the Politburo, died at 79 at his home in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre at 3:25 am on Friday, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Phan Van Mai confirmed on the same day.
The plan for his funeral, memorial service, and burial ceremony will be announced later.
Truong Vinh Trong was born on November 11, 1942 in Binh Hoa Commune, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre Province.
He was deputy prime minister from June 2006 to August 2011.
Trong was elected as a member of the 10th-tenure Politburo in 2006.
He was an alternate member of the Party Central Committee in the sixth tenure and an official member of the Party Central Committee in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th tenures.
In 1982, he was elected as a standing member of the Ben Tre Party Committee and secretary of the Party Committee in Giong Trom District.