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March, 13 2014 08:00:00

Leaders express condolences over death of Cuban heroine

Cuban heroine Melba Hernandez Rodriguez del Rey.— Photo laht.com       

HA NOI (VNS)— The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) yesterday conveyed condolences over the death of revolutionary Cuban heroine Melba Hernandez Rodriguez del Rey.

Del Rey died at age 93 on March 9.

The same day, a delegation from the CPV and the Vietnamese State, led by Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat Le Hong Anh, came to the Cuban Embassy in Ha Noi to pay final tribute to the Cuban icon.

On behalf of the Party, State, and people, Anh wrote of his sadness over the passing in a book of condolences.

Melba Hernandez, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba's Central Committee and a National Assembly deputy, was one of two women who joined Fidel Castro in the famous 1953 attacks on the garrisons at Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespesdes to begin the revolution against Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship.

Born on July 28, 1921 in Las Villas, central Cuba, she held many important positions following the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959.

In 1963, she became the first President of the Cuban Committee of Solidarity with South Viet Nam, which is now the Cuba-Viet Nam Friendship Association. She also once served as Cuban Ambassador to Viet Nam. — VNS

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