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In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed Singapore from a poor trading post to one of the richest countries in the world, has died at the age of 91.

In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
The books by elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew on display at a book store in Singapore on March 20, 2015. Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit of Singapore General Hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said on March 20. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Minister Mentor of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew attends the National Day Parade at the Float at Marina Bay on August 9, 2014 in Singapore. Singapore celebrates it's 49th birthday with a parade theme of 'Our People, Our Home'. (Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Former Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew addresses the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum on March 20, 2013 in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew was joined by former Chairman of the US. Federal Reserve and former Chairman of President Barack Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Paul Volcker to discuss issues on the European Financial crisis, Singapore's future and Asian economics. (Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore in the Oval Office at the White House October 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama will travel to Asia November 11 on a tour which includes the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore. Lee served as prime minister of Singapore between 1959 to 1990, and is regarded as an expert on Asian affairs and US relations with the region. (Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
US President George W. Bush welcomes Senior Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew to the Oval Office for a meeting 01 May, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Former US president Bill Clinton (L) with Singaporean Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew during a call at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore, 24 May 2002. Clinton said he is upbeat about Asia's prospects of recovery from economic downturn with South Korea and China in the lead. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (L) chats with US President George Bush as they met at US ambassador's official residence in Tokyo on February 24, 1989 after they attended the funeral of Emperor HIrohito. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
British conservative party leader David Cameron (L) meets Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at his office in central London, on September 15, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown welcomes former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew at Downing Street June 3, 2009 in London. The Government is coming under increased pressure following weeks of expenses revelations and the resignation of Cabinet ministers Hazel Blears and Jacqui Smith. (Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Singaporean Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (L) is greeted 19 May 1999 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street in London during his official visit to Britain. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
French President Jacques Chirac (R) welcomes Singapore State Minister Lee Kuan Yew prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 12, 1996. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (R) and French President Francois Mitterrand pose on May 22, 1990 ahead of a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Lee Kuan Yew is on the last of a four day official visit to France. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
In a picture taken on July 1, 1974 French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain, until he stepped down in 1990 in favour of his deputy Goh Chok Tong, who in turn handed power to Lee Hsien Loong in 2004. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (C) and his Chinese counterpart Li Peng (L) inspect the honor guard at the freat hall of the people during a welcoming ceremony on September 15, 1988. Lee Kuan Yew arrived in China for an eight days official visit. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew arrives on September 27, 1978 at the Elysee Palace in Paris to meet French President Valety Giscard d'Estaing. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: 31 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership
In a picture taken on June 5, 1959 Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (R) gives a pres conference after winning the elections in Singapore. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-rule from colonial ruler Britain, until he stepped down in 1990 in favour of his deputy Goh Chok Tong, who in turn handed power to Lee Hsien Loong in 2004. (AFP/Getty Images)