Vietnam holds state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

By Staff reporters   September 26, 2018 | 07:14 am GMT+7

Leaders from Cambodia, China, Laos and South Korea are among some 50,000 paying their respects to President Tran Dai Quang at memorial ceremonies on Wednesday.

President Quangs portrait and medals are shown at the funeral. He served in many high-ranking positions and was Minister of Public Security before becoming president in April 2016.

The state funeral for President Quang started at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the National Funeral Home at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street in Hanoi, one hour after the country officially entered two-day state mourning by flying flags half mast at all government buildings and public places.

Quangs family members pay tribute.

Quang's family members, led by the First Lady Nguyen Thi Hien, are the first to burn incense and lay flowers on his coffin.

Quangs eldest son Tran Quan and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien at the funeral.

Quang's eldest son Tran Quan and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien receive mourners to the funeral.

Vietnams Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L, 4th) and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attend the funeral with other former and current top government officials.

Vietnam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L, 4th) and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attend the funeral with other former and current top government officials. The funeral also received delegations led by National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong writes in the condolence book at the funeral in Hanoi. Your passing is a great loss to the Party, the government and the people, leaving deep sorrow in all of us, he wrote. Photo by Vietnam Government Portal

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong writes in the condolence book at the funeral. "Your passing is a great loss to the Party, the government and the people, leaving deep sorrow in all of us," he wrote. Photo by Vietnam Government Portal

Cambodias PM Hun Sen stands next to the coffin of Presidents Quang, covered in Vietnamese national flag.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pays his respect at around 10:30 a.m. 

The funeral also received Zhao Leji, Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the top anti-corruption body of China's Communist Party, Laos' Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, Cuba's Vice President Roberto Morales Ojeda and Olga Nikolaevna Yepifanova, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, Russia.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and his delegation pay respects at the funeral.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and his delegation pay respects at the funeral. Top diplomats from Germany, Malaysia and the U.S. also came to pay tribute to the late president.

Ho Chi Minh Citys Party Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan (F) attends Quangs memorial ceremony at the Independence Palace in HCMC.

Ho Chi Minh City's Party Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan (F) led a delegation of the city's officials to pay tribute to President Quang at the Independence Palace in HCMC, followed by military and student groups.

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A memorial ceremony is held at Quang's hometown in Ninh Binh Province, south of Hanoi.

President Quang is lying in state at the National Funeral Home at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi, for people to pay their respects.

President Quang is lying in state at the National Funeral Home at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Hanoi, for people to pay their respects.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, and Quang will be buried in his hometown Ninh Binh at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

President Quang died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi on September 21 after battling a serious illness for more than a year. He was 62.

For his state funeral, several major streets near the funeral home will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Photos by Giang Huy, Ngoc Thanh

 
 
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