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Amata Kabua, 68, who led the Marshall...


Amata Kabua, 68, who led the Marshall Islands on the road to nationhood and was the republic's only president since 1979, died Dec. 19 in Honolulu, where he had undergone medical treatment for a month.

Mr. Kabua, who was re-elected to a fifth term last year, had reportedly complained of chest pains and nausea. A Marshallese consular official in Hawaii said he died at Queen's Medical Center.

The Marshalls, in the region of the South Pacific known as Micronesia, are made up of 31 coral atolls in the Ratak and Ralik island chains. They are home to about 50,000 people scattered over 180 square miles of land strung out southwest of Hawaii in the two chains.

Lee Alexander, 69, the former mayor of Syracuse, N.Y. who was jailed for running an extortion and kickback scheme, died of cancer Wednesday. He was mayor of Syracuse for four terms from 1970 to 1985.

In January 1988, he pleaded guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to obstruct a government investigation and tax evasion. He spent 5 1/2 years in federal prison for taking $1.5 million in kickbacks from people doing business with the city.

Nguyen Huu Tho, 86, an ardent communist who escaped from a South Vietnamese jail to become a key revolutionary and later a leader of reunified Vietnam, died of a heart ailment Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City was known as Saigon when it was the capital of the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese regime Mr. Tho helped overthrow.

Michael Bruno, 64, an economist, and a former World Bank vice president and head of the Bank of Israel, died Wednesday in Jerusalem, according to a statement from Hebrew University, where he taught.

He held several key economic posts and was part of the group that formulated the government's economic stabilization policy between 1988 and 1991. The plan reined in Israel's spiraling inflation rate. Until recently, he was as vice president and chief economist of the World Bank. He was governor of the Bank of Israel from 1986 to 1991.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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