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Vietnam. Ha Tay province. Lai Xa. Community hall. Meeting of the local project committee, formed by the hamlet's president and leader Mr. Thang Nguyen Van Thang (R) and the Commune People's committtee Mr. Sang Nguyen Thei Ho (C) and Mrs Hoi Phaun Thip Tluc (L). The local project committee is in charge at a local level of a flexible decentralized community sanitation project (solid waste and small-scale wastewater management system based on houselhold participation and community involvement). Statue of Ho Chí Minh (May 19, 1890 - September 2, 1969) who was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary and statesman as Prime Minister (1946-1955) and President (1946-1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). Ho Chí Minh led the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954. He lost political power inside North Vietnam in the late 1950s, but remained as the highly visible figurehead president until his death. Lai Xa is a typical hamlet (village) of the Red River delta region. It is part of the Kim Chung commune located 15 km west of Hanoi. 05.04.09 © 2009 Didier Ruef