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    (April 7, 1907-July 10, 1986)
    Born in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam
    ‘Le Duan’ is an alias; his real name is unknown
    Co-founded Indochina Communist Party (1930)
    General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam (1960-1986)
    Leader of North Vietnam (September 2, 1969-April 30, 1975) and then all of Vietnam (April 30, 1975-July 10, 1986)
    Died in Hanoi of natural causes
    There’s a lot of debate on his origins because he never discussed his early life to foreign journalists.
    He claimed to be born into a poor peasant family, but it shows that he could be born into a middle class family because of his higher education in France.
    He supported the intensification of the Vietnam War despite the objections within the party.
    After the Vietnam War, he had to cope with diplomatic isolation, massive emigration, and an economic crisis blighting Vietnam as a result of his lack of experience in peacetime affairs.
    Also, he sent 400,000 people to prison camps for collaborating with the South Vietnamese government.
    He deported Vietnam’s Chinese minority when Vietnam’s relations with China worsened as a result of the Khmer Rouge’s overthrow by Vietnamese troops.
    His fellow Communist leaders had a hard time thinking about him.
    He is described as rigid, secretive, and having a few close friends.
    The French colonial government arrested him and put him on the same prison twice (1931 and 1940).
    He was a brilliant war strategist.
    He sent troops to overthrow the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (1978).
    After his death, he became the subject of a smear campaign Vietnamese authorities did nothing to prevent.
    He was called ‘anh Ba’, meaning ‘Third Brother’.

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