- The People’s Republic of China has been thrown into mourning following the death of Jiang Zemin
- Jiang Zemin is the former president of China who was regarded as a proponent of development in 21st-century China
- He passed away at the age of 96 in Shanghai following a long-term battle with leukaemia
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Jiang Zemin, the former president of the People’s Republic of China, gave up the ghost on Wednesday, November 30.
As reported by PM News, the former Chinese leader passed away at the age of 96 in Shanghai.
The announcement of his demise was made known via a statement issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and the State Council of the PRC.
The statement was addressed to all the parties, the entire military, and the Chinese ethnic groups.
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Cause of death
As reported by Channels TV, the cause of his death was due to leukaemia and multiple organ failure.
TV broadcast in China revealed that flags would be flown in his honour at half-mast at the China State House.
Zemin has mainly been credited for the development of China in the 21st century.
He was said to have taken over power in 1989, which was the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and led the world’s most populous nation towards its emergence as a powerhouse on the global stage.
Following his retirement in 2003, China became a member of the World Trade Organization. A few years later, the nation secured Olympic hosting rights and became a solidified world power amongst nations like Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
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Unongo, who was reportedly the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum died on Tuesday afternoon, November 29, at a hospital in Jos, Plateau state.
The former minister's death is expected to be announced by the Tiv Traditional Council, according to a family source.