The presidential candidate in the 1996 elections passed away at the age of 98.

U.S. President Joe Biden ordered flags to be lowered over government buildings in the country in memory of Republican Senator and U.S. presidential candidate in the 1996 elections Bob Dole (Robert Joseph Dole), who passed away at the age of 98. This is stated in a message distributed by the White House press service.

“As a sign of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman, like few in our history, a war hero, one of the greatest representatives of a Great Generation, I hereby order <…> that the flags of the United States be lowered <…> until December 9, 2021,” the statement reads.

U.S. flags will be flown at half-mast over government buildings in the country, including the White House, as well as overall embassies, military bases, and ships.

Robert Dole represented the state of Kansas in the U.S. Senate for 27 years – from 1969 to 1996, and before that he was a member of the House of Representatives for eight years. In the 1996 presidential election, he was the Republican candidate but lost to Democrat Bill Clinton, who was re-elected for a second term.

According to Reuters, in February, Dole announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.