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Taiwans Mr Democracy Lee Teng-Hui Dies Aged 97 in Taipei

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on June 1, 2007. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on June 1, 2007. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)

TAIPEI—Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui, dubbed “Mr. Democracy” for burying autocratic rule in favour of freewheeling pluralism, died at the age of 97, the official Central News Agency reported on Thursday.

Lee became Taiwans first democratically elected president in 1996, in a landslide victory that followed eight months of intimidating war games and missile tests by mainland China in waters around Taiwan in an attempt to scare voters.

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