Memorial and burial services for former Party leader

VOV.VN - A memorial service for former Party chief Le Kha Phieu was held at 0:30 pm on August 15 at the National Funeral Hall, No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong street, Hanoi, while a burial ceremony took place at 2 pm on the same day at the Mai Dich Cemetery in the capital city.

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Delivering the eulogy at the ceremony in Hanoi, PM Phuc highlighted comrade Le Kha Phieu was an eminent and prestigious leader of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, and a loyal Party member who had devoted his lifetime to national independence and reunification, and socialism, for happiness of people, and international missions. 

He hailed comrade Phieu’s role as commander of the battles against the genocidal regime in Cambodia. 

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on behalf of the National Funeral Organizing Board, delivered a eulogy
As Party General Secretary, comrade Phieu had always played the pioneer role, protected the Party’s unity and solidarity, and put the interests of the Party and the nation first.

The late Party leader’s son Le Minh Dien expressed thanks to incumbent and former leaders of the Party, State, Government and Vietnam Fatherland Front, officials of agencies, organisations and localities, foreign officials, international friends, the people and relatives for their sympathy.  

The late leader’s coffin, wrapped in the national flag, was then moved out of the National Funeral Hall to the Mai Dich Cemetery in Hanoi.

Earlier, a respect-paying ceremony for former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu was held from 8 am on August 14 at the National Funeral Hall, No. 5 Tran Thanh Tong street, Hanoi.

National mourning for the former Party leader were also held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and his home province of Thanh Hoa the same day with  close to 660 delegations of Party and State leaders, ministries, localities, people’s armed forces, and diplomatic offices, as well as representatives from international organisations paying tribute to the late Party General Secretary.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung sent wreaths to the function.

Those in attendance included Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Politburo member and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

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The mourning was also attended by former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh; former Presidents Tran Duc Luong, Nguyen Minh Triet, and Truong Tan Sang; former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An.

Phieu was born on December 27, 1931 in Dong Khe commune, Dong Son district, the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, and resided at 7/36/C1 Ly Nam De, Cua Dong ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

He started participating in revolutionary activities in 1947, and joined the Communist Party of Vietnam on June 19, 1949. He was a member of the Party Central Committee of the 7th and 8th tenures, a member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat of the 7th tenure, a Politburo member of the 7th and 8th tenures, and the General Secretary of the Party Central Committee from December 1997 to April 2001. Also he was Deputy to the National Assembly of the 9th and 10th tenures.

After a period of illness, despite the wholehearted care by the Party, State, medical group and his family, he passed away at 2:52 on August 7, 2020, of serious illness and old age at his home.

Over more than 70 years of his revolutionary activities, he made great contributions to the glorious revolution cause of the Party and the nation. He was awarded with the Golden Star, an insignia of 70-year Party membership, and many other noble Vietnamese and international orders and medals.

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