New just in have confirmed that former head of state for the people’s republic of China Jiang Zemin has died at the age of 96.
According to multiple sources from China, Jiang died on Wednesday at 12:13 pm local time. He died from Leukaemia and multiple organ failure.
Mr Jiang took power after the Tiananmen Square protests, serving as general secretary of the communist party from 1989 to 2002 and then as Chinese president from 1993 to 2003.
He was last seen publicly in October 2019 during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the republic's founding.
Born in Yangzhou in August 1926, Jiang presided over a revival of market-oriented reforms, the return of Hong Kong from British rule in 1997 and Beijing’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001.
The country’s president Xi Jinping is expected to release an official statement later on stating how the country is going to mourn the fallen leader.
The deceased served China with dignity and true workmanship. May he rest in Peace.
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