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Nguyen Phuc Buu Chanh

Nguyễn Bửu Chánh (born 12 February 1942}, a self-styled member of Vietnam's Nguyễn Dynasty, was born in Huế, Vietnam. He is heavily influenced by Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.

Education

Bửu Chánh attended the National High School at Hue, before earning a B.A. degree in literature at Huế University. He then attended Dalat University, where he obtained a master's degrees in Political Science and Business Administration.

From 1982 to 1984, he attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, United States where he graduated with high honors, obtaining a B.S. in Information Science.

Government

He then worked as assistant to Colonel Nguyen Be at the Ministry of Rural Revolutionary Development, Chi Linh - Vũng Tàu Center, for the Republic of Vietnam.

From 1971 to 1973, he was General Director of the 4th Tactic Zone at the Ministry of Economy in Saigon and, until 1975, was Assistant General Director of the Vissan Company in the Ministry of Industry, Saigon.

In exile

After 1975, when North Vietnamese troops finally conquered the South, Bửu Chánh, his wife Phan Lien and their children went into exile, moving to the United States of America.

He is the founder of the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League, former President of the Southeast Asia Imperial & Royal League and former Vice-Chairman of The British Committee for Free Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Burma. Bửu Chánh is an advocate of the restoration of a Constitutional Monarchy in Vietnam. He believes that if the people of Vietnam have the opportunity to vote for such a system of government, they would choose it.

Unmasking

The late Crown Prince Bảo Long issued a statement on 17 December 2004 denying the validity of Mr. Buu's claims to be "regent" or a known member of Vietnam's former ruling family.

Quotes

  • "When we are not devoted to serve the People, we cannot have the right to ask for the favors from the nation."
  • "An advocation for a Constitutional Monarchy is not a sign of desperation or an admission of defeat. The role to be played by the Monarchy should be one that shall bind the people together, acting as a symbol of unity for the Vietnamese, Montagnards, and Khmer Krom people inside and outside of Vietnam."

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