[ndlr] Le décès soudain du président de la RSVN ouvre une période incertaine au sein du cercle très fermé du Polit-Buro vietnamien. Dans cet article renseigné, le journaliste David Hutt revient sur l’action et le rôle de Tran Dai Quang ces deux dernières années. De son côté, la BBC organise une table ronde sur les réactions et les conséquences de cette disparition.
President Tran Dai Quang’s demise will enliven factional rivalry inside the ruling Communist Party ahead of an increasingly uncertain leadership transition
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday morning after months of public speculation about his poor health, creating a power vacuum in the communist country’s triumvirate leadership structure.
As the former head of the fearsome Ministry of Public Security, Quang was known as a hard-line figure in the ruling Communist Party, but since last year was also seen as a budding rival to the nation’s top politician, Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong.
The cause of Quang’s death was not immediately announced but local media reports quoted a senior healthcare official as saying he suffered from a “serious illness.” Quang was receiving treatment at Hanoi’s Military Central Hospital when he died just after 10am this morning, the reports said.
A member of the Politburo since 1997 and the dominant force within the Ministry of Public Security for the last 15 years, Quang has served as the ceremonial head of the government since becoming president at the January 2016 Party Congress, a quinquennial event.
It was no secret, however, that Quang often butted heads with Trong, who has launched a politicized anti-corruption drive and shifted the Party back towards its ideological roots since the Congress. While neither official had made any public comments about their disagreements, the rivalry had been a rich source of speculation over the last year.
La BBC, programme en vietnamien a organisé aujourd’hui une table ronde sur cette disparition, le legs politique de Tran Dai Quang et ses conséquences.