Lê Khả Phiêu

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Lê Khả Phiêu
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General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam
In office
26 December 1997 – 22 April 2001
Preceded byĐỗ Mười
Succeeded byNông Đức Mạnh
Secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party
In office
29 December 1997 – 22 April 2001
Preceded byĐỗ Mười
Succeeded byNông Đức Mạnh
Chairman of the General Political Department of the People's Army
In office
September 1991 – December 1997
Preceded byNguyễn Quyết
Succeeded byPhạm Thanh Ngân
Personal details
Born(1931-12-27)27 December 1931
Thanh Hóa Province
Died7 August 2020(2020-08-07) (aged 88)
Hanoi
Political partyCommunist Party of Vietnam (1949-2001)

Lê Khả Phiêu (27 December 1931 – 7 August 2020) was a Vietnamese politician who served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam from December 1997 to April 2001. [1]

Early life[change | change source]

Lê Khả Phiêu was in the Vietnam People's Army during the First and Second Indochina Wars, join in the Cambodian war, and was Head of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People's Army.[2]

Political career[change | change source]

Lê Khả Phiêu has previously been viewed as a conservative.[3] However, this categorization has been challenged by historian Martin Gainsborough, who notes that Lê Khả Phiêu made some remarkably outspoken comments about problems in the party before the Tenth Party Congress. Lê Khả Phiêu criticized what he called 'illness of partyization' (bệnh đảng hoá), meaning that the Party controls everything.[4] Lê Khả Phiêu was a protégé of his predecessor, Đỗ Mười.[5] He was elevated to the Politburo in the early 1990s.[6]

Death[change | change source]

Lê Khả Phiêu died on August 7, 2020 in Hanoi, at age 88.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Gainsborough 2010, p. 143
  2. The A to Z of Vietnam Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker – 2010 p205 Lê Khả Phiêu
  3. Bolton 1999
  4. Gainsborough 2010, 137
  5. Bolton 1999, 177
  6. Bolton 1999, p. 180
  7. Former leader Lê Khả Phiêu passes away, aged 89