State Funerall for former President Le Duc Anh
08:30 | 03/05/2019

VGP - The State funeral for former President Le Duc Anh started at 7 a.m this morning at the National Funeral Home at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Ha Noi

11: 08 a.m: The memorial service concluded and his coffin was taken to the hearse.

Le Duc Anh's funeral procession makes its way through Ba Dinh Square to the Noi Bai International Airport. His body will be taken to Ho Chi Minh City.

The funeral ceremony will be held at 17:00 the same day at the Ho Chi Minh City Cemetery.

Le Duc Anh's funeral procession

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Viet Nam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

The funeral procession goes by Ba Dinh Square in Ha Noi

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10: 45 a.m: Memorial service begins

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said more than 1,000 delegations came to pay respects to later President Le Duc Anh in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City and hometown Thua Thien-Hue this morning.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc reads the funeral oration

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc reads the funeral oration.

The Government chief affirmed General Le Duc Anh is the excellent and highly prestigious leader who has always sarcrificed his life for the interests of the people, saying his is death is the great loss to the Vietnamese country men, his family and international friends.

Whatever position he took, he made great contributions to the country, said Prime Minister Phuc.

Late President Le Duc Anh's son Le Manh Ha, who is former Vice Chairman of the Government Office, addresses the funeral 

In response, Le Manh Ha, son of late President Le Duc Anh, said his father left a grandiose and valuable legacy to his descendants. That is the benevolent heart of a brave and altruistic man.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc leads a delegation of the Party Central Committee to pay tribute to the late President.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan leads a delegation of the National Assembly to pay tribute to the President

During the two-day official mourning and state funeral, governmental offices and public places will fly the national flag at half-mast, and no public entertainment events will be held.

Former Party and State leaders pay respects to the President

A memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. and he will be buried at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Ho Chi Minh City at 5 p.m. the same day.

General Ngo Xuan Lich, Minister of National Defense leads a delegation of the Central Military Commision-the highest Party organ on military policy and defense ministry to pay tribute to the President.
Another memorial service will be held at the same time at the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City and his hometown in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

Late President Le Duc Anh

Anh, who was born in on December 1, 1920 in Loc An commune, Phu Loc district, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, started revolutionary activities in 1937 and joined the Communist Party of Viet Nam in May 1938.

The national flag flies at half-mast at the Ba Dinh Square in Ha Noi in honor of late President Le Duc Anh

He was member of the Party Central Committee of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th tenures; secretary of Party Central Committee of the 7th tenure; and Politburo member of the Party Central Committee of the 5th, 6th, and 7th and 8th tenures. 

He was President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from September 1992 to December 1997, and adviser of the Party Central Committee from 1997 to April 2001.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen leads a delegation to pay tribute to the Vietnamese President


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen signs the Book of Condolences for late President Le Duc Anh


He was elected to the National Assembly in the 6th, 8th and 9th tenures.

A Cambodian delegation led by Minister of Defense Tea Banh at the funeral in Ha Noi

In August 1945, the time of the August Revolution, he was military commander of Thu Dau Mot province and a member of the provincial Party committee. 

From 1948 to 1954, he served as chief of staff of the Military Zone 7, Military Zone 8, Sai Gon-Cho Lon Military Zone, and deputy chief of staff of the Nam Bo (south) Command.

From 1955 to 1962, he was deputy chief of the Department of Operations under the General Staff of the Viet Nam People’s Army (VPA), then deputy chief and chief of the Department of Personnel.

In August 1963, he became deputy chief of the VPA’s General Staff.

In August 1965, he became chief of the staff of the Southern Command.

In 1968, he served deputy commander of the Southern Command.

In April 1974, he was promoted from Colonel to Lieutenant General of the VPA.

In 1975, he was deputy commander of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign.

A delegation of Japan led by Minister of Defense Takeshi lwaya to the funeral

In May 1976, he was appointed as commander and of Military Zone 9. At the fourth Party National Congress in December 1976, he was elected to the Party Central Committee

In June 1978, he was appointed as commander and political commissar of Military Zone 7, and member of the Central Military Commission.

A foreign delegation at the funeral

In 1981, he was promoted to Senior Lieutenant General, and then appointed as deputy minister of National Defence and commander of the Vietnamese voluntary soldier force in Cambodia. At the fifth Party National Congress in March 1982, he was elected to the Party Central Committee and member of the Politburo.

In December 1984, he was promoted to General of the VPA.

At the sixth Party National Congress in December 1986, he was elected to the Party Central Committee, and elected as Politburo member, and served as deputy defence minister and chief of the General Staff of the VPA.

In February 1987, he became defence minister and vice secretary of the Party’s Central Military Commission.

On September 23, 1992, he was elected as president of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam by the 9th National Assembly. 

From December 1997 to April 2001, he was an adviser to the Party Central Committee. 

He was member of the Party Central Committee of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th tenures; secretary of Party Central Committee of the 7th tenure; and Politburo member of the Party Central Committee of the 5th, 6th, and 7th and 8th tenures; President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, and adviser of the Party Central Committee from 1997 to April 2001, and Deputy to the National Assembly of the 6th, 8th and 9th tenures. 

In recognition of his significant contributions to the glorious revolution cause of the Party and the nation, he was awarded with the Golden Star; the first-class Military Exploit Order; first-class Feat of Arms Order; an insignia of 80-year Party membership; and many other noble Vietnamese and international orders and medals.

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