Ge­orge Bush Se­nior dies

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For­mer US pres­i­dent Ge­orge HW Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Iraqi army but lost a chance for a sec­ond term af­ter break­ing a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Fri­day at the age of 94, a fam­ily spokesper­son said.

Bush, the 41st pres­i­dent of the US, lived longer than any of his pre­de­ces­sors. His death was an­nounced in a state­ment is­sued by long-time spokesper­son Jim McGrath.

No de­tails about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death were im­me­di­ately avail­able.

He was the father of for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush, who served two terms in the White House from 2001 to 2008, and for­mer Florida gov­er­nor Jeb Bush, who un­suc­cess­fully sought the 2016 Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent.

The el­der Bush, a Repub­li­can like his sons, also served as vice-pres­i­dent for eight years dur­ing Ron­ald Rea­gan’s two terms as pres­i­dent, be­fore be­ing elected to the White House him­self.

He de­feated for­mer Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor Michael Dukakis, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, in the 1988 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, and lost his 1992 re-elec­tion bid to Demo­crat Bill Clin­ton.

Bush’s death came seven months af­ter that of his wife, for­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush, to whom he was mar­ried for 73 years.

The for­mer pres­i­dent, who served as a US naval avi­a­tor dur­ing World War 2, had at­tended his wife’s fu­neral in Hous­ton in a wheel­chair and wore a pair of colour­ful socks fes­tooned with books, in honour of his late wife’s com­mit­ment to lit­er­acy.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

END OF AN ERA Ge­orge HW Bush was the 41st pres­i­dent of the US

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