Lê Khả Phiêu

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is , but is often simplified to Le in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Phiêu.
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 by Đỗ Mười
Succeeded by Nông Đức Mạnh
Secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party
In office
29 December 1997 – 22 April 2001
Preceded by Đỗ Mười
Succeeded by Nông Đức Mạnh
Chairman of the General Political Department of the People's Army
In office
September 1991 – December 1997
Preceded by Nguyễn Quyết
Succeeded by Phạm Thanh Ngân
Personal details
Born (1931-12-27) 27 December 1931 (age 85)
Thanh Hóa Province
Political party Communist Party of Vietnam

Lê Khả Phiêu (Vietnamese: [le xa᷉ː fiəw]; born 27 December 1931 at Đông Khê Commune, Đông Sơn District, Thanh Hóa Province) was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam from December 1997 to April 2001 and has a military background.[1] He served in the Vietnam People's Army during the First and Second Indochina Wars, join in Cambodian war, the head of the General political Department of the People's Army.[2]

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


  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
  • Bolton, Kent (1999): "Domestic Sources of Vietnam's Foreign Policy: Normalizing Relations with the United States". in Thayer, Carlyle A., Amer, Ramses (ed.): Vietnamese Foreign Policy in Transition. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
  • Gainsborough, Martin (2010): Vietnam - Rethinking the State. Zed Books, London & New York
Party political offices
Preceded by
Đỗ Mười
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Nông Đức Mạnh