Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky took a day off from campaigning for the presidency in the coming elections.
Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky took a day off from campaigning for the presidency in the coming elections. Visiting the small town of Chau Doc, southwest of Saigon, he attended a religious ceremony of the Hoa Hao Buddhists. Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Buddhist sect, begun in 1939. Its founder, Huynh Phu So, was killed by the Viet Minh in 1947 -- possibly contributing to the strong anti-communist feelings in the Mekong Delta town.
Although the Vice-President engaged in no formal electioneering, his presence at the Buddhist ceremony could enhance his new image of a peace candidate. At a seminar the previous day, he said that a peaceful solution to the conflict in Vietnam could be reached without the intervention of the big powers.
SYNOPSIS: Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky, on Friday ,attended a religious ceremony at the small town of Chau Doc, about ninety miles south-west of Saigon in the Mekong Delta.
The occasion was the thirty-second anniversary of the founding of the Hoa Hao Buddhist sect in this area.
After watching the dragon show, Vice-President Ky talked with leaders of the Buddhist sect. The Hoa Hao was founded in 1939 by Huynh Phu So, who was killed by the Viet Minh in 1947. This may account for the distinct anti-communist sentiment in this area.
The Vice-President refrained from any formal campaigning for the presidency in the coming elections, but his presence at the ceremony could enhance his new image as a peace candidate. He has said in the past that South Vietnam should seek a political solution to the war.