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Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's 'Father of Democracy,' dies at 97

First president elected by popular vote worked to raise island's global standing

Lee Teng-hui, former president of Taiwan, in 2018.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/TOKYO -- Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's first democratically elected president, died of multiple organ failure at a Taipei hospital on Thursday. He was 97.

His death was confirmed by the hospital in a statement.

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