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Indian-origin former Singapore President S R Nathan died

Indian origin former Singapore President S R Nathan died pardesi news 1472700601

Sellapan Ramanathan, Singapore’s Indian-origin president from 1999 to 2011, died recently at age 92, the government announced.

Sellapan Ramanathan, Widely known as S.R. Nathan, an Indian-origin former Singapore President died on August 22, 2016 at the Singapore General Hospital, days after suffering a stroke. 92-year-old Nathan, a veteran public servant, was closely associated with the country's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew. He was the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore.

He was hospitalised in critical condition after suffering a stroke on July 31. It was his second stroke in less than two years.

“The late Mr. Nathan passed away peacefully at Singapore General Hospital on Monday,” the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

He served two terms from 1999 to 2011 and stepped down as the President on August 31, 2011. Nathan was succeeded by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prior to becoming President, he held key positions in the civil service, as well as in security, intelligence and foreign affairs

The deceased leader leaves behind a wife, daughter, son and three grandchildren.

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