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Former State leader dies at ninety nine

Update: September, 09/2011 - 11:20
Vo Chi Cong, former President of the State Council, former Chairman of the National Defence Council and former Deputy Prime Minister. — VNA Photo

Vo Chi Cong, former President of the State Council, former Chairman of the National Defence Council and former Deputy Prime Minister. — VNA Photo

HA NOI — Vo Chi Cong (born Vo Toan), former President of the State Council, former Chairman of the National Defence Council and former Deputy Prime Minister died yesterday at the age of 99.

In a special joint communique, the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee, the National Assembly, the State President, the Government and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee said that Vo Chi Cong, born in Tam Xuan Commune, Tam Ky District, Quang Nam-Da Nang Province (now Quang Nam Province) died of a serious illness at Thong Nhat Hospital in HCM City.

Vo Chi Cong, who was also a former Politburo member, former Party Central Committee Secretary, former advisor to the Party Central Committee and a deputy to the National Assembly's 6th, 7th and 8th tenures, made great contributions to the revolutionary cause of the Party and nation.

He was conferred with the Gold Star Order by the Party and State, the 70-year Party badge and many noble orders and medals.

The communique said that Vo Chi Cong's death was a loss to the Party, State and people, and he would be honoured with a State funeral.

Tributes to the late leader will take place on September 10 and 11 at the Thong Nhat Hall in HCM City and a solemn memorial service will be held in the early morning of September 12 at the hall.

He will be buried at the city's cemetery later that afternoon.

Viet Nam Television (VTV) and Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) will broadcast the memorial and burial ceremonies live.

At the same time, ceremonies to commemorate Vo Chi Cong will also be held at the International Convention Centre in Ha Noi and at the headquarters of Quang Nam Province. — VNS

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