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Vietnam leader Nguyen Phu Trong reappears in state media after illness

Vietnam leader Nguyen Phu Trong reappears in state media after illness
FILE PHOTO: Vietnam's Communist Party's Generel Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is seen in Hanoi, Vietnam April 2, 2018, Picture taken April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo -
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HANOI (Reuters) - 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".

(Reporting by James Pearson; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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