Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew hospitalized

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 8:33 AM

SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, has been hospitalized following a brain-related blockage.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office says the 89-year-old Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Friday after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack, which occurs when blood flow to the brain stops for a period of time. The condition is associated with irregular heartbeats.

The statement says Lee is recovering but will remain in the hospital for a few days.

Lee became prime minister in 1959 and saw the country through self-rule under the British, a two-year federation with Malaysia and independence in 1965. He remained in office until 1990, overseeing a period of rapid development that turned Singapore into a darling of foreign investors.

Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong is the current prime minister.

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