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Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister has died. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.

As the co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965 and its subsequent transformation from a relatively underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a “First World” Asian Tiger.

Nigeria president, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, even used him and his achievements in one of his controversial 2015 re-election campaign where he likened himself to Kuan Yew, Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and President Barrack Obama of United States of America.

Lee was admitted for severe pneumonia on the 5th of February. He died of the same sickness at Singapore General Hospital .

He served as Prime Minister for 31 years.

Here is an official statement from the office of the current Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong


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