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Former Vietnamese State President Le Duc Anh passes away at 99

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 10:57 GMT+7
Former Vietnamese State President Le Duc Anh passes away at 99
Former Vietnamese State President Le Duc Anh (L) and former Cuban President Fidel Castro during his friendly official visit to Cuba in 1995. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Former Vietnamese State President Le Duc Anh passed away at the age of 99 due to his illness and old age on Monday, according to the National Commission on Health Services for Senior Officials.

The former head of state succumbed to his illness at his home on Hoang Dieu Street in Hanoi at 8:10 pm, despite the care and treatment from doctors, the Party, and state.

Detailed information on his funeral will be announced later.

Former State President Le Duc Anh is pictured with leaders of the Ministry of National Defense in 2016. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Former State President Le Duc Anh is pictured with leaders of the Ministry of National Defense in 2016. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Anh was born in 1920 in Ban Mon Commune, Phu Loc District, located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

He served as state president between 1992 and 1997.

Following his presidency, Anh became an advisor to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam in December 1997, before retiring in April 2001.

State President Le Duc Anh shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen during the latter’s official visit to Vietnam in 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

State President Le Duc Anh (R) shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen during the latter’s official visit to Vietnam in 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Anh was a member of the all-powerful Politburo from March 1982 to December 1997.

He was also a military general and served as Minister of National Defense from February 1987 to September 1992.

He was previously Deputy Minister of National Defense for the 1981-86 tenure.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong grants Le Duc Anh a medal marking his 75 years of Party membership in 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) grants Le Duc Anh a medal marking his 75 years of Party membership in 2013. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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