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State funeral held for former President, General Le Duc Anh

A State funeral was held on May 3 for former President General Le Duc Anh, who was also former Politburo member and former advisor to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).

Delegates from the Party, State, National Assembly, Government, and Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) along with officers and soldiers of the armed forces, Party members, and people from localities nationwide gathered at the National Funeral Hall, No.5 Tran Thanh Tong, Hanoi since early in the morning of May 3 to pay last respects to the former State leader who devoted his whole life to the national revolutionary cause.

Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc led the Party Central Committee delegation and the Government delegation to pay tribute to the former President.

The National Assembly (NA) delegation was led by Politburo member and NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, while the Presidency delegation was headed by CPV Central Committee member and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.

The delegation from the VFF Central Committee was led by Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man.

The delegation from the Central Military Commission of Ministry of National Defence was headed by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member and Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence.

The same time, tribute-paying ceremonies were held at the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Conference Hall in Ho Chi Minh City and the Conference Hall of the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, the hometown of former President and General Le Duc Anh.

The memorial ceremony for the deceased will start at 10:45 at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi the same day.

The funeral ceremony will be held at 17:00 the same day at the Ho Chi Minh City Cemetery.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Vietnam has declared two days of national mourning for him on May 3 and 4.