Vo Chi Cong

President of Vietnam (1912-2011)
In this Vietnamese name, the family name is , but is often changed to Vo in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should be called by the given name Công.

Võ Chí Công (born Võ Toàn; 7 August 1912 – 8 September 2011) was a Vietnamese politician, a founding member of the Viet Cong and former President of Vietnam.[1]

Early lifeEdit

In 1912, Công was born Võ Toàn in Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam, in 1912.[2]


In 1930, he first became active in politics.[3]

In 1935, he joined the Communist Party of Indochina; and he rose through the ranks of the party.[4]

From 1987 through 1992, he was the Chairman of the Council of State of Vietnam which was like the current office of the President of Vietnam.[2]


Công died in Ho Chi Minh City on 8 September 2011, aged 99. His state funeral was broadcast on television.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Notice of Death of Võ Chí Công" Viet Nam News. September 9, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vo Chi Cong, Vietnamese Leader, Is Dead at 99," New York Times (US). September 15, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-23.
  3. "State funeral held for former President Vo Chi Cong," Baomoi (Vietnam). September 13, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-23.
  4. "Ex-Vietnam President Cong dies at 99," 'Hindustan Times (India). September 9, 2011; retrieved 2011-10-23.
Preceded by
Trường Chinh
President of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Lê Đức Anh