Phan Văn Khải

Phan Văn Khải (About this soundlisten; 25 December 1933 – 17 March 2018) was a Vietnamese politician who served as the fifth Prime Minister of Vietnam from 25 September 1997 to 27 June 2006.

Phan Văn Khải
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Phan Văn Khải in 2005
5th Prime Minister of Vietnam
In office
24 September 1997 – 27 June 2006
PresidentTrần Đức Lương
DeputyNguyễn Tấn Dũng
Preceded byVõ Văn Kiệt
Succeeded byNguyễn Tấn Dũng
First Deputy Prime Minister
In office
8 August 1991 – 29 September 1997
Prime MinisterVõ Văn Kiệt
Preceded byVõ Văn Kiệt
Succeeded byNguyễn Tấn Dũng
Personal details
Born(1933-12-25)25 December 1933
Củ Chi District,[1] Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Cochinchina
Died17 March 2018(2018-03-17) (aged 84)
Củ Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Political partyCommunist Party of Vietnam

Life and careerEdit

Phan Văn Khải was born on 25 December 1933 in Tan Thong Hoi Commune Củ Chi District, Saigon[1] in French Indochina. Already during his youth he worked in revolutionary organizations. After the end of the first Indochina War and the subsequent partition of the country, Pham Van Khai took the opportunity to emigrate to North Vietnam.[2]

Phan Văn Khải joined the revolution in 1947 and became member of the Communist Party of Vietnam on 15 July 1959.[3]

From 1954 to 1959, he studied and worked on land reform in North Vietnam, he then studied languages, at the University of Economics in Moscow Soviet Union, until 1965.

After the war Phan Văn Khải was temporarily mayor of Ho Chi Minh City. From September 24, 1997 to June 24, 2006, he served as Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He became the first Prime Minister of Vietnam to visit United States, meeting with President George W. Bush. On June 24, 2006, he announced his resignation, along with President Trần Đức Lương.

In the period from 15 December 1998 to 5 November 2001 he also served as chairman of ASEAN.

Phan Văn Khải was considered as a moderate reformer who acted in support of the country's economic opening within the political range of Vietnam.[2][4] He died on 17 March 2018 at his home in Ho Chi Minh City, not long after the 85th birthday.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife was Nguyễn Thị Sáu, former deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City's Planning and Investment Department. She died in 2012. According to the media, he has a son, Phan Minh Hoan,[6] and a daughter, Phan Thi Bach Yen.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Tóm tắt tiểu sử đồng chí Phan Văn Khải, nguyên Ủy viên Bộ Chính trị, nguyên Thủ tướng Chính phủ nước Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bruce Lockhart, William J. Duiker : Historical Dictionary of Vietnam, 3. Auflage, Oxford, 2006, s. 311–312
  3. ^ COMMITTEE, COMMUNIST PARTY OF VIETNAM CENTRAL. "Special Announcement: Former PM Phan Van Khai passes away". (in Vietnamese). Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai dies at 84". ABC News. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai Dies at 84". The New York Times. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ ZING.VN (March 17, 2018). "Người dân đến nhà viếng cố Thủ tướng Phan Văn Khải từ sớm". ZING.VN (in Vietnamese). Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Nguyên Thủ tướng Phan Văn Khải và những ngày tháng đằng đẵng chữa bệnh cho con" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Phan Van Khai, First Vietnamese Prime Minister to Visit Washington, Dies at 84". Retrieved June 26, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Prime Minister of Vietnam
Succeeded by