Lee remembered as initiator of ‘quiet revolution’ in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/31/2020
By: Joseph Yeh

Lee Teng-hui (CNA file photo)

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is being remembered as an initiator of a "quiet revolution" during his 12-year presidency, carrying out six rounds of constitutional reforms that laid a solid foundation for Taiwan to peacefully transition from a dictatorship to a democracy.

Lee died aged 97 from septic shock and multiple organ failure at Taipei Veterans General Hospital at 7:24 p.m. Thursday, after being hospitalized for nearly six months.

The former leader of Taiwan is known for his role in guiding the country to democracy while serving as president of the Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, from 1988 to 2000.

Addressing the opening of the 2020 Taiwan Capital Market Forum held in Taipei Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised her predecessor for leading Taiwan through a "quiet revolution" to transform the country away from an authoritarian one in a turbulent time.

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