|Former President and Politburo member Lê Đức Anh|
HÀ NỘI Former President and Politburo member Lê Đức Anh passed away Monday evening at his home in Hoàng Diệu Street, Hà Nội due to illness and old age, according to the board of healthcare services for senior officials.
Lê Đức Anh was born in 1920 in Phú Lộc District, Thừa Thiên-Huế Province.
At the time of the General Offensive and Uprising in the spring of 1968 (Tết Offensive), Anh was the Chief of Staff of the Command of the South Vietnamese Liberation Army. He served as the second-in-command of the Hồ Chí Minh Campaign, the military campaign that put an end to the three-decade conflict in Việt Nam and unified the country on April 30, 1975.
Anh served as Minister of Defence from 1987 to 1991, then served as President until September 1997, playing an important role in normalising diplomatic relations between Việt Nam and China and the US.
Information about his funeral will be announced later. VNS