Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU: government

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 26 2015 10:09 AM | Updated as of Feb 26 2015 11:55 PM

SINGAPORE - Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has been put on antibiotics and remains in intensive care at a government hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement Thursday.

The update came after the government had to quash widespread rumours late Wednesday that the 91-year-old patriarch had died.

"He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation. His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely," the government statement said.

Lee, co-founder of the People's Action Party which has governed Singapore since 1959, was brought to Singapore General Hospital on February 5 for severe pneumonia.

The British-trained lawyer, the father of current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to a rich economy in just over three decades.

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