Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Former US President George H.W. Bush dies aged 94

George Bush senior dies at 94 years old George H. W. Bush, the 41st US president, dies
Leonard Rios | 01 December, 2018, 09:13

1990: President George Bush is greeted by Saudi troops and others as he arrives in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for a Thanksgiving visit.

George Bush Sr, as he was known, passed away on Friday evening, a spokesperson said on behalf of the family.

Bush, a Republican president from 1989 to 1993 who was credited for contributing to the end of the Cold War, was the oldest living president in history.

Before getting the keys to the White House, he served eight years as the vice president of Republican icon Ronald Reagan.

Months into his presidency he was faced with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he oversaw the removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Bush was the forty-first president of the United States, and his son followed in his footsteps to become a president as well.

Just weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr Bush launched Operation Just Cause in December 1989. They were the longest-married presidential couple in US history.

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"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", wrote George Bush Jr.in a statement. Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.

He was not re-elected in 1992, which was attributed to breaking his pledge to not introduce new taxes.

He surprised many with his success, and by 1958 had settled in Houston as president of an offshore drilling company.

In February 2011, then President Barack Obama awarded Bush the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

In his rise to the presidency, Bush held a variety of key positions over the years, often deemed by Republican presidents as the most qualified man in US public life.

His son, George W Bush, became the 43rd president of the United States.

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