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Vietnam's leaders mourn independence hero General Giap

Vietnam's top leaders gathered early Saturday to pay their last respects to independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap, who died last week at 102, as his state funeral began in Hanoi. The commemorations come as the one-party state tries to capture Giap's legacy as a symbol of its own legitimacy, hailing him as a communist hero while downplaying the general's later reputation as a persistent government critic.

National funeral for revered Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap

Giap will be honored with two days of national mourning, the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party said in a statement.

Vietnam independence hero General Giap dead at 102

Vietnam's independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose guerrilla tactics defeated both the French and American armies, died Friday at the age of 102, a government source said. "I can confirm that General Giap died at 6:08 pm (1108 GMT) today," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. A military source confirmed the time of death.
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