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Vietnam president emerges after month-long sick leave

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VIETNAM’S president has appeared in public after a month-long absence for health reasons that prompted speculation about succession plans in the communist country, with no clear replacement lined up.

Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also the head of the communist party, was last seen in public on his 75th birthday on April 14 meeting with officials and shrimp farmers in southern Kien Giang province.

Rumours quickly swirled that he had fallen gravely ill, and the government confirmed 11 days later he was not well but would return to work “soon”.

He appeared in public on Tuesday alongside senior party leaders in Hanoi, according to the official........

© Asian Correspondent