Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first elected prime minister who was hospitalized Feb. 5 for severe pneumonia, has taken a turn for the worse due to an infection, the government said.
Lee, 91, is being monitored closely by doctors and treated with antibiotics, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday. It gave no further details.
Lee is being treated at the Singapore General Hospital where he has been on mechanical ventilation. The Cambridge University-trained lawyer led the nation from 1959 to 1990, where he crafted a legacy of encouraging foreign investment, averting corruption and emphasizing discipline, efficiency and interracial harmony.
His elder son, Lee Hsien Loong, has been prime minister since 2004. The younger Lee had surgery on Feb. 16 to treat prostate cancer and is expected to recover fully.