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​Vietnam’s former Party chief Do Muoi rests in peace at hometown in Hanoi

Monday, October 08, 2018, 11:01 GMT+7

Former Vietnamese Party chief Do Muoi was laid to rest at his hometown in Hanoi at the end of a two-day state funeral on Sunday.

The burial service took place at 1:00 pm in Dong My Commune, Thanh Tri District, attended by incumbent and former leaders of the Vietnamese government, Party, National Assembly, as well as representatives from organizations, administrative divisions, and armed forces.

The ceremony marked the conclusion of a state funeral that started on Saturday morning.

The funeral began at 7:00 am at the National Funeral Hall in the Vietnamese capital, with crowds of people queuing up at the venue to pay tribute to the ex-Party leader. 

A respect-paying ceremony was also held at Thong Nhat Hall in Ho Chi Minh City at the same time.

The funeral procession travels on the streets of Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The funeral procession travels on the streets of Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Memorial services for the former General Secretary were organized in both cities the following morning before his body was brought home by a formal funeral procession.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, head of the funeral committee, about 1,658 delegations with approximately 60,000 people paid their last respects to the late leader in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Leaders of foreign nations, including Laos, Singapore, Japan, North Korea, Spain, and Belarus, also extended their condolences to the Vietnamese people.

Leaders and officials of Ho Chi Minh City attend the memorial services for former General Secretary Do Muoi on October 7, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Leaders and officials of Ho Chi Minh City attend the memorial service for former General Secretary Do Muoi on October 7, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Muoi, whose real name is Nguyen Duy Cong, was born on February 2, 1917 in Dong My Commune, Thanh Tri District, Hanoi.

He was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam during the 1991-97 period.

He succumbed to his illness at 23:12 at the 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi on October 1, aged 101.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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