Farewell to the former General Secretary Do Muoi

(No.5, Vol.8,Oct-Nov Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Vietnam Communist Party’s former General Secretary Do Muoi passed away on 1 October at the age of 101. According to the National Commission of Health Services for Senior Officials, the former General Secretary died of old age.
Former General Secretary Do Muoi had made great contributions to the party’s revolutionary cause. During the resistance wars and periods of national construction and defence, he was at various positions and made more contribution.
His remakable efforts were made during the renewal period, when he was the party’s General Secretary  in the period from 1991 to 1997.
The former General Secretary was born in 1917 in Dong My, a Hanoi commune in Thanh Tri District.
Thanks to great contributions to the glorious revolutionary cause of the party and the nation in more than 80 years, the former General Secretary had been awarded with a Gold Star Order, an insignia of 80-year Party membership, and many other noble orders and medals.
Former General Secretary Do Muoi participated in revolutionary activities in 1936 and joined the Vietnam Communist Party 1939. He was member of the party central committee of the 2nd 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th tenures. He served as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, which is now Prime Minister, from 1988 to 1991 and as General Secretary of the Party Central Committee from 1991 to 1997.
His passing away is a great loss to the Party, State and people of Vietnam. Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, Government, and the Lao Front for National Construction’s Central Committee extended condolences to the Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee, National Assembly, Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee over the passing of former General Secretary Do Muoi.
The former General Secretary was laid in state at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi. During the two-day national mourning on October 6-7, national flags were flown at half-mast at State offices and public places, and recreational and entertainment activities were halted.

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