Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General dies in Switzerland

August 18th, 2018

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is dead.

According to a statement from the Kofi Annan Foundation, he died in Switzerland on Saturday morning after a short illness.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.

“His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,” the statement reads.

The 80-year-old is renowned in Kenya for having brokered a peace deal between the then President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga at the height of the 2007/8 post election violence.

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