296. Editorial Note

On November 5, 1963, the composition of the new Vietnamese Government was announced. The Embassy in Saigon reported the announcement in telegram 927, November 5, which was received at the Department of State at 2:59 a.m. and passed to the White House at 3:20 a.m. The new appointments included the following:

  • President: General Duong Van Minh;
  • Premier, Minister of Economy and Minister of Finance: Nguyen Ngoc Tho
  • Minister of Defense: General Tran Van Don;
  • Minister of Security: General Ton That Dinh;
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Pham Dang Lam;
  • Minister of Justice: Nguyen Van Mau;
  • Minister of Information: General Tran Tu Oai;
  • Secretary of State for the Premier’s Office: Nguyen Than Cung;
  • Secretary of State for Finance: Luu Van Tinh;
  • Secretary of State for Economy: An Trnong Thanh.

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Telegram 927 was repeated to CINCPAC, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Canberra, Taipei, Paris, London, Bonn, Rome, Manila, Seoul, The Hague, New Delhi, Djakarta, and the Commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. (Department of State, Central Files, POL 15-1 S VIET)