Former communist president dies aged 96 from leukemia and multiple organ failure. Find out who this important world figure was.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died today (30) of leukemia. He was 96 years old and leaves a wife and two children. Despite not holding office for nearly 20 years, he is remembered as one of the most important figures in Chinese politics.
The announcement of his death was made through a letter addressed to the Communist Party, the army and the Chinese people. In addition, the state news agency, Xinhua, released the statement.
According to Xinhua, the letter states that:
“Jiang Zemin died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12:13 pm on November 30, 2022, aged 96.”
Jiang Zemin as President
Former president Jiang Zemin came to power in a turbulent time. He rose to the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party after the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. At that time, China already had the largest population in the world and was starting its modernization process.
The former president held office for two terms, from 1993 to 2003. He became known for his open-door policies and the economic reforms he implemented.
When he left office, China was part of the World Trade Organization (WTO), was preparing to host the 2008 Summer Olympics and was already posing as a world superpower.
Ex-president was important political figure
Despite not holding office since 2003, Jiang Zemin was an important figure in Chinese politics. That’s because his group had great influence within the party. Consequently, Jiang participated in decisions about China’s political path.
For example, the former president is directly linked to the choice of Xi Jinping (current president of China) for the position.
The Chinese Government has declared mourning and flags will be flown at half mast on official buildings. However, there is still no information about Jiang Zemin’s funeral.