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Vietnam’s former Party General Secretary passes away

Friday, August 07, 2020, 10:05 GMT+7
Vietnam’s former Party General Secretary passes away
This file image shows Le Kha Phieu, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Le Kha Phieu died in the wee hours of Friday, according to the national board tasked with taking care of high-ranking officials’ health.

The former Party was born in 1931 and passed away because of old age and illness at 2:52 am in Hanoi, the board elaborated.

Information on his funeral will be announced later.

Colonel General Phieu was born on December 27 in Dong Khe Commune, Dong Son District, Thanh Hoa Province, located in north-central Vietnam.

He once served as chief of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army.

He was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam from December 1997 to April 2001.

Under his leadership, Vietnam made great achievements in reform, industrialization, modernization, as well as building and protection of the nation.

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