Phan Văn Khải

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Phan Văn Khải
Phan Van Khai (cropped).jpg
5th Prime Minister of Vietnam
In office
24 September 1997 – 27 June 2006
President Trần Đức Lương
Deputy Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Preceded by Võ Văn Kiệt
Succeeded by Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
First Deputy Prime Minister
In office
8 August 1991 – 29 September 1997
Prime Minister Võ Văn Kiệt
Preceded by Võ Văn Kiệt
Succeeded by Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Personal details
Born (1934-12-25)25 December 1934
Củ Chi District,[1] Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Cochinchina
Died 17 March 2018(2018-03-17) (aged 83)
Củ Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Political party Communist Party of Vietnam

Phan Văn Khải (About this sound listen; 25 December 1934 – 17 March 2018) was a Vietnamese politician who served as the fifth Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 25 September 1997 to 27 June 2006.

Life and career[edit]

Phan Văn Khải was born on 25 December 1934 in Tan Thong Hoi Commune Củ Chi District, Saigon[1] in French Indochina. Already during his youth he worked in revolutionary organizations. After the end of the first Indochina War and the subsequent partition of the country, Pham Van Khai took the opportunity to emigrate to North Vietnam.[2]

Phan Văn Khải joined the revolution in 1947 and became member of the Communist Party of Vietnam on 15 July 1959.[3]

From 1954 to 1959, he studied and worked on land reform in North Vietnam, he then studied languages, at the University of Economics in Moscow Soviet Union, until 1965.

After the war Phan Văn Khải was temporarily mayor of Ho Chi Minh City. From September 24, 1997 to June 24, 2006, he served as Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He became the first Prime Minister of Vietnam to visit United States, meeting with President George W. Bush. On June 24, 2006, he announced his resignation, along with President Trần Đức Lương.

In the period from 15 December 1998 to 5 November 2001 he also served as chairman of ASEAN.

Phan Văn Khải was considered as a moderate reformer who acted in support of the country's economic opening within the political range of Vietnam.[2][4] He died on 17 March 2018 at his home in Ho Chi Minh City at the age of 84.[5]

Personal life[edit]

His wife was Nguyễn Thị Sáu, former deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City's Planning and Investment Department. She died in 2012. According to the media, he has a son, Phan Minh Hoan,[6] and a daughter, Phan Thi Bach Yen.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tóm tắt tiểu sử đồng chí Phan Văn Khải, nguyên Ủy viên Bộ Chính trị, nguyên Thủ tướng Chính phủ nước Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam". Tóm tắt tiểu sử đồng chí Phan Văn Khải, nguyên Ủy viên Bộ Chính trị, nguyên Thủ tướng Chính phủ nước Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. ^ a b Bruce Lockhart, William J. Duiker : Historical Dictionary of Vietnam, 3. Auflage, Oxford, 2006, s. 311–312
  3. ^ COMMITTEE, COMMUNIST PARTY OF VIETNAM CENTRAL. "Special Announcement: Former PM Phan Van Khai passes away". en.dangcongsan.vn (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  4. ^ News, ABC. "Former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai dies at 84". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  5. ^ "Former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai Dies at 84". The New York Times. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ ZING.VN (2018-03-17). "Người dân đến nhà viếng cố Thủ tướng Phan Văn Khải từ sớm". ZING.VN (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  7. ^ Eva.vn. "Nguyên Thủ tướng Phan Văn Khải và những ngày tháng đằng đẵng chữa bệnh cho con" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  8. ^ "Phan Van Khai, First Vietnamese Prime Minister to Visit Washington, Dies at 84". Retrieved 2018-06-26.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Võ Văn Kiệt
Prime Minister of Vietnam
1997–2006
Succeeded by
Nguyễn Tấn Dũng