HCMC – Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Le Kha Phieu passed away due to sickness and old age at 2:52 a.m. today, August 7, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Details of his funeral will be announced later.
Phieu was born on December 27, 1931 in Dong Khe Commune, Dong Son District, Thanh Hoa Province.
He had served as head of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army and was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee at the fourth meeting of the eighth tenure. He was also a member of the 10th tenure of the National Assembly.
As the top leader of the Party from December 1997 to April 2001, he and the Party Central Committee, Political Bureau and Secretariat led the whole Party, people and army to gain remarkable achievements in the national reform, industrialization, modernization, construction and defense.