Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies

Lester Mason
August 18, 2018

He "passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness", the foundation named after him said on Saturday.

Annan was key in bringing peace to Kenya following the disputed 2007/08 General Election that quickly spiralled into violence, leaving many displaced and hundreds killed.

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has died, the UN's International Organization of Migration announced on its Twitter page.

News agency Reuters says Kofi Annan died at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday.

Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a "global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world".

He served two terms, from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006, capped almost mid-way when he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

In fulfilling his duties to the United Nations, Annan has spent most of his adult life in the United States, specifically at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Mr Annan's family has requested privacy during this time of mourning, said the statement.

'He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did. He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.

Annon was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938 and was descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his family.

Annan earned selection to the top United Nations post under controversial circumstances.

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