The president of Vietnam has not been seen in public for almost three weeks, fuelling hypothesis over his well being.
Nguyen Phu Trong, 75, vanished from the general public eye after falling ailing on 14 April.
Hypothesis intensified on Friday when Mr Trong was absent from the funeral of former president Le Duc Anh.
State media has not defined why Mr Trong, who was attributable to preside over the state funeral, didn’t seem.
A authorities spokesperson stated previous to the funeral that the president’s well being had been affected by “the excessive depth of his workload and climate”.
The spokesman added that Mr Trong would return to work quickly, however his failure to look on the state funeral has fuelled hypothesis.
Discretion over the well being of occasion leaders and authorities officers is a method to painting Vietnam as a steady nation below single-party rule, stated Giang Nguyen, information editor of the BBC’s Vietnamese service.
“Final November, Vietnam handed a legislation to categorise the well being of high occasion leaders and authorities officers as ‘state secrets and techniques’, in an try to guard them from malicious rumours and what they take into account ‘anti-government assaults’ by hostile forces,” he stated.
“This piece of laws, though it has not but come into life, already made native journalists very cautious when reporting concerning the alleged sickness of President Nguyen Phu Trong, leaving room to social media and international media to invest about his state of affairs.”
Regardless of his age and picture of a conservative ideologue, Mr Trong has gained reputation because of an anti-corruption marketing campaign which led to the arrest of former ministers and cops.
Mr Trong met North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump in February when talks have been happening between the 2 nations in Vietnam.