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Vo Chi Cong
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Vo Chi Cong

Vo Chi Cong (born 1914) was a Vietnamese Communist political figure.

Cong's political activities began in 1930 when he joined with Phan Boi Chau and Phan Chau Trinh, two early nationalists who opposed the French regime. He fought with the resistance against the Vichy French during World War II, and was arrested in 1942. After the war, he faded into obscurity before becoming a founding member of the National Liberation Front in 1961, an important arm of the Viet Cong. He was a key figure in the South Vietnamese communist party and was rewarded after the reunification of Vietnam with a seat on the Politburo in 1976. He served in various cabinets posts after that, including minister of fisheries (1976-1977), minister of agriculture (1977-1978), and deputy prime minister (1976-1982) before serving as president of Vietnam between 1987 and 1992.