State and Party leaders offered incense to pay tribute to Nguyen Van Linh in his hometown, northern Hung Yen province, on June 29 as part of a ceremony marking the late Party General Secretary’s 100th birthday (July 1).

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission of Inspection Ngo Van Du, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education Dinh The Huynh, and former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh took part in the event, among others.

Nguyen Van Linh, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1986 to 1991, is known as a staunch and reformist leader who strongly promoted the Doi Moi (renewal) process in Vietnam.

Born as Nguyen Van Cuc on July 1, 1915 in Hanoi into a civil servant family, Nguyen Van Linh joined the patriotic movement at the age of 14.

After the national reunification, Nguyen Van Linh served as Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee. He was elected Party General Secretary at the 6th National Party Congress in December 1986, and became the first Party leader to lead and organize the implementation of the Party resolution on Doi Moi, which marked a historic turning point in Vietnam’s revolutionary cause.

Nguyen Van Linh was the person who initiated and pursued the principles of Doi Moi while keeping to the socialist orientation, maintaining and promoting the Party’s leadership, respecting and bringing into full play the people’s right to mastery as reflected in the motto “people know, people discuss, people do and people inspect.”

The Doi Moi process has reaped important achievements, creating firm foundations for the country to develop quickly in the following periods.

Linh and the Party Central Committee also devoted great efforts to cleaning up the mechanisms of the Party and State, creating a flow of fresh air to society. His column “Things to be done immediately” on Nhan Dan newspaper won applause from the public for attacking negative phenomena in society, thus creating an open and democratic social atmosphere.

Nguyen Van Linh passed away on April 28, 1998.

He was praised by both the Party and the people as a staunch and prestigious communist and an outstanding student of President Ho Chi Minh

A range of activities will be organized across the country to mark the 100th birthday of the late Party leader to honour his contributions to the Vietnamese revolution.-VNA