Trần Đức Lương (born May 5, 1937) is a Vietnamese politician who served as the fifth President of Vietnam
from 1997 to 2006.
[Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker ''Historical Dictionary of Vietnam'', 2006, p. 371. entry Trần Đức Lương]
Trần Đức Lương was born in Đức Phổ District
in Quảng Ngãi Province
, and moved to Hanoi
after leaving school in 1954. He studied geology at Hanoi University of Mining and Geology
, and was employed as a cartographer. He joined the Communist Party of Vietnam
in 1959, and became a functionary of the party in the 1970s. In 1987, he became Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam
. Member of the Politburo
since June 1996, Trần Đức Lương was elected state president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
on September 24, 1997, and re-elected in 2002. On June 24, 2006, Lương announced his resignation (along with Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải
). Nguyễn Minh Triết
was named to succeed Lương as president.
His son, Trần Tuấn Anh
served as Consul General of Vietnam for four years in San Francisco
. Then, Trần Tuấn Anh was Vice Chairman of Cần Thơ
People's Committee, in charge of investment planning, and social culture. Currently, Trần Tuấn Anh is a Member of the 12th Central Committee, and Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam.
In his family, there is another member who works as a social activist is Tran Van Anh- The second granddaughter of Mr. Tran Duc Luong. She graduated from Brown University
, a private school in US with full scholarship in Economics and politics. Tran Van Anh and other members of the family has low-profile lifestyle and very limited public information of them compared to his son Trần Tuấn Anh. The only information available about the president's heir generation is that his second granddaughter now works foNGO
sector under ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. It's been stated that his family members will not become involved in politics.
Other family members of Trần Đức Lương work in commerce, trading field
His retirement was quiet and only joined the government national programs or state funerals of others senior members of the Communist Party.
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