Death of the president of vietnam, who is spearheading the crackdown

Mort du président vietnamien, fer de lance de la répression

The president of vietnam Tran Dai Quang, figure of the conservative camp within the communist regime and the repression against dissidents, died Friday at the age of 61 years old, a disappearance which does not destabilize the regime.

“The president, Tran Dai died in a military hospital” in the morning, according to a bulletin of the official agency VNA Vietnam News Agency, relayed on national television.

The plan does not suggest that his “serious illness”, the subject of rumors for months, without specifying the nature.

President since 2016, Tran Dai Quang continued to exercise his official functions, in spite of her fatigue visible and its weight-loss. Last week, during a ceremony with the president of indonesia used for joko Widodo, it appeared particularly weak.

It was part of the quartet of conservatives at the head of the regime, with the Prime minister, the president of the national Assembly and especially the secretary general of the communist party, a true number one.

He was also the face of the regime on the international scene, in particular at the APEC summit hosted by Vietnam in November last year, when he assumed his role as host of the american president Donald Trump and chinese Xi Jinping, among others.

He was a member of the powerful political Bureau of the communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), a real centre of power, who will appoint his successor.

The death of the president, first general of police to be appointed to this post, does not destabilize the communist regime, in power for decades, which has had time to prepare for his death.

“Vietnam will put it back… A replacement will be found within the politburo,” says Carlyle Thayer, a specialist on Southeast Asia at the university of New South Wales Canberra, interviewed by AFP.

– No easing in sight –

This former minister of public Safety portfolio, the key of this authoritarian regime, will, however, marked its mandate by its repression of any dissenting voice in the country, where dozens of political prisoners, bloggers, or journalists, are held.

In accordance with the statement of Amnesty International in April 2018, a hundred of political prisoners were behind bars.

“Even after becoming president, he continued to give the tone, and to supervise the suppression of its department of origin, accuses Andrea Giorgetta, the representative in Asia of the international Federation of human rights (Fidh).

Despite the death of the ultra, “it is unlikely that Vietnam will change its stance and become more tolerant”, he adds.

His tenure has also been marked by the escalation of the conflict with china regarding the territorial sovereignty over the south China sea.

His election was confirmed by the political dominance of the conservatives, after a congress of the cps in January 2016 marked by intense struggles between conservatives and reformers.

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