A stone statue of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh was inaugurated on April 27 in the northern province of Hung Yen, commemorating the man who led efforts to implement Vietnam’s successful policy of ‘doi moi’ (renewal).

Nguyen Van Linh was born on July 1, 1915, in Giai Pham commune of Hung Yen’s Yen My district. He started engaging in patriotic movements at the age of 14.

After Vietnam gained independence in 1945, he was released from Con Dao Prison, where he was imprisoned by the French for 10 years, and continued to take part in the fight for South Vietnam’s liberation, which succeeded in 1975.

At the Communist Party’s sixth congress in 1986, Linh, then General Secretary, and the Central Committee initiated the ‘doi moi’ process, providing a breath of fresh air to society by cleaning up the mechanisms of the Party and State, opening up the market for investment and allowing Vetnam to better integrate with the world.

At the statue’s inauguration, State President Truong Tan Sang lauded Hung Yen’s socio-economic achievements and asked local authorities and citizens to step up their efforts helping the province to become a developed locality.-VNA