Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

  • Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and former prime minister of Singapore, has died at the age of 91.

    In his long innings as prime minister, Lee turned Singapore into one of the world’s richest countries. His model of governance and development included a strong role for the state and limited tolerance for dissent.

    His son Lee Hsien Loong, the current Prime Minister of the city-state, said in an address to the nation that for many Singaporeans “Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore”. 

    In a tribute, US President Barack Obama described Lee as a “true giant of history”.

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