By Bao Ha  September 23, 2018 | 01:47 pm GMT+7 Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has been appointed Vietnam’s acting president. Photo by VnExpress Vietnamese Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has taken the head of state position after President Tran Dai Quang passed way on Friday. The legislative National Assembly announced the appointment on Sunday, citing regulations set by the Constitution, the assembly, and the Communist Party’s decision marking body – the Politburo. Vietnam’s president seat was left vacant with President Quang’s passing on Friday morning, due to a serious illness. Thinh, 59, from the central province of Quang Nam, holds a master degree in political science, and bachelor’s degrees in Law and History. She has taken many positions including Deputy Chair of Vietnam’s Women’s Union and Party Secretary of the southern Vinh Long Province. She assumed office as Vietnam’s vice president on April 8, 2016, being the first woman in Vietnamese history to be elected to the position. With the announcement on Sunday, she has become Vietnam’s first female head of state. Thinh will retain the acting president role until the new president is officially elected by the National Assembly. The assembly is scheduled to meet for the next session on October 22.