Trần Đức Lương was born in Đức Phổ District in Quảng Ngãi Province, and moved to Hanoi after leaving school in 1955. 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. 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.
Lê Đức Anh
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Nguyễn Minh Triết
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