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Đỗ Mười
Born 2 February 1917 (1917-02-02) (age 92)

Đỗ Mười (*Thanh Trì, Hanoi, February 2, 1917 - ) was the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Viet Nam from 1991 to 1997, and Prime Minister of Viet Nam (1988-1991).


Đỗ Mười was born in Thanh Trì, Hà Nội, in February 2, 1917.

In what was called the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s (SRV) biggest leadership shake-up in five years, Đỗ Mười was elected the Communist Party’s Secretary-General replacing Nguyễn Văn Linh, 75, in 1991. The election on June 27, 1991, replaced seven of the 12 men in the ruling Politburo and a similar personnel housecleaning took place in the Party's Central Committee. Like Linh, Đỗ Mười advocated reforming the marketplace without fundamentally altering the political system (Đổi mới reforms). Party officials made clear that Linh was retiring because of poor health and was not being ousted.

Đỗ Mười was made Prime Minister (referred to as "Chairman of the Ministers' Council" at that time) of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in June 1988, capping a 35-year career in the state bureaucracy. As prime minister he became increasingly identified with the forces of conservatism at the highest level of leadership. In 1991, he became Secretary-General of the Communist Party.

Đỗ Mười retired from Communist Party leadership in 1998.

He is Advisor of Party's Central Committee from December 1997 to 2001.

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Preceded by
Nguyễn Văn Linh
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Lê Khả Phiêu
Preceded by
Võ Văn Kiệt - acting
Prime Minister of Vietnam

Succeeded by
Võ Văn Kiệt

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