Duong Van Minh

Minh, Duong Van

Minh, Duong Van (do͝ong vän mēn), 1916–2001, Vietnamese army officer and political leader. A military adviser (1962–63) to President Diem, he helped to overthrow Diem in 1963. He was head of government (1963–64), after which he went into exile. Minh returned in 1968, serving as an opposition leader against President Thieu. A presidential candidate in 1971, Minh withdrew, charging election rigging. He returned briefly as president in 1975, in an unsuccessful conciliation effort but was placed in detention after the Communist takeover.
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Forty-three years ago, it was here that Duong Van Minh, the last president of the US-backed South Vietnamese government, surrendered to the triumphant communist forces from the north, thus ending the long-drawn Vietnam War and marking the journey of a unified Vietnam.
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President Duong Van Minh also firmly rejects the French ambassador's proposal that China be relied on as mediator with the DRV, subsequently telling his RVN colleagues, "We sold our country to the Americans already, and now they want to make us sell it to China as well?" [60]
Oanh was a former IMF official who had occupied the position of minister of finance (and later acting prime minister) in the military government of General Duong Van Minh installed by the US military mission in 1963 in the aftermath of the assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem and his younger brother.