Party Congress delegates pay floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Delegates to the 12th National Party Congress paid floral tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi on January 20 ahead of the preparatory session of the Congress.

They include Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, and members of the Political Bureau and the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, among others.

They expressed their gratitude to the beloved President -- the national liberation hero -- who laid the ideological foundation for the revolutionary cause of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The delegation then laid a wreath at the Monument to Heroes and Martyrs.

The 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam will take place in Hanoi from January 20-28 with the main theme of intensifying the building of a strong and pure Party.

Promoting the strength of the whole people and socialist democracy; stepping up reform comprehensively and synchronously; firmly safeguarding the nation and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment; and striving to soon turn Vietnam into a modern industrialised country are among the themes of the congress.

The event will focus on reviewing the implementation of the 11th Congress’s Resolution, and the outcomes of the 30-year reform cause. It will also define directions, targets, tasks and measures for nation building, safeguarding and development in the next five years.

The new Party Central Committee is expected to consist of 180 official members and 20 alternate members.-VNA