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South Korea's former president Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

Decorated war veteran played a pivotal role in the transition to democratic elections

Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo in 1997. 

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean former president Roh Tae-woo, a decorated war veteran who played a pivotal but controversial role in the transition to democratic elections from rule by authoritarian leaders, has died, a Seoul hospital confirmed.

The 88-year-old died on Tuesday, a Seoul National University Hospital official said, without citing the cause of death.

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