Ex-US president Gerald Ford dies

Ford became president after Nixon resigned the post during the Watergate scandal.

    Ford was the only US president who was not elected to either the presidency or vice presidency[EPA]

    A former Republican congressman, Ford took office vowing "our long national nightmare is over".

     

    He served for 2 1/2 years with a style often mocked as bumbling until he lost the 1976 presidential election to Jimmy Carter.

     

    Not elected

    Ford had been ailing and largely out of the public eye for several years.

    He was the only US president who was not elected to either the presidency or vice presidency. He was appointed vice president in 1973 after Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned to avoid prosecution on corruption charges.

    When Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, to avoid impeachment in the scandal over a politically motivated burglary of Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC, Ford became president.

    He had served 26 years as a congressman from Michigan.

    Despite Ford's reputation for decency, critics ridiculed his occasional clumsiness with barbs such as "he can't walk and chew gum at the same time".

    His wife, Betty Ford, became a national figure in her own right as an outspoken crusader against drug and alcohol addiction.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.