Trần Đức Lương

In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Trần. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Lương.
Trần Đức Lương
6th President of Vietnam
In office
24 September 1997  27 June 2006
Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải
Vice President Nguyễn Thị Bình
Trương Mỹ Hoa
General Secretary Lê Khả Phiêu
Nông Đức Mạnh
Preceded by Lê Đức Anh
Succeeded by Nguyễn Minh Triết
Chairman of the Council for National Defense and Security
In office
24 September 1997  27 June 2006
Deputy Phan Văn Khải
Preceded by Lê Đức Anh
Succeeded by Nguyễn Minh Triết
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
February 1987  29 September 1997
Prime Minister Phạm Văn Đồng
Phạm Hùng
Đỗ Mười
Võ Văn Kiệt
Phan Văn Khải
Personal details
Born (1937-05-05) May 5, 1937
Quảng Ngãi Province, French Indochina
(now Vietnam)
Nationality Vietnamese
Political party Communist Party of Vietnam
Spouse(s) Nguyễn Thị Vinh
Children Trần Tuấn Anh
Alma mater Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Academy of Politics

Trần Đức Lương (born May 5, 1937) was president of Vietnam from 1997 to 2006.[1]

Lương was born 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, he was elected president 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.


  1. Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker Historical Dictionary of Vietnam, 2006, p. 371. entry Trần Đức Lương
Political offices
Preceded by
Lê Đức Anh
President of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Nguyễn Minh Triết
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Banharn Silpa-archa
Chairperson of ASEAN
Succeeded by
Hassanal Bolkiah

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