VN to hold National Mourning for former President Le Duc Anh
15:31 | 28/04/2019
VGP – Viet Nam will hold two-day national mourning and State funeral for former President, General Le Duc Anh, on May 3-4, according to a special communiqué.

Former President Le Duc Anh

The communiqué was jointly issued by the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee, the National Assembly, the President, the Government and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will head the State Funeral Organizing Committee.

Former President Le Duc Anh passed away at 20:10 on April 22 at the 108 Military Hospital in Ha Noi.

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.

Anh’s body will lie in state at the National Funeral Home at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street, Ha Noi, where mourners can pay respects from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 3.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

By Thuy Dung

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