Vietnam leader Nguyen Phu Trong reappears after illness

Vietnam’s General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong fell ill during a visit to the south of the country and was later admitted to the 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi. (Reuters pic)

HANOI: Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong, the architect of the Southeast Asian country’s corruption crackdown, made his first appearance in state media on Tuesday since falling ill a month ago.

Trong, 75, fell ill on April 14 during a visit to the south of the country and was later admitted to the 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi, four diplomatic sources told Reuters.

In images released by state media, Trong was seen in an official function room, seated at the head of a table in a white shirt hosting a meeting with other Vietnamese leaders on Tuesday.

In the only official comments regarding Trong’s health since he fell ill, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said last month that Trong’s health had been affected by a “heavy workload” and “changeable weather conditions”.