The focus of some of Kofi Annan’s last statements was Zimbabwe, which the Nobel Peace Prize winner visited last month while urging a peaceful election.
While the vote was calm, Kofi Annan denounced the violence that erupted in the capital two days later as the military swept into the streets to disperse opposition protesters.
Opposition Nelson Chamisa is among those mourning Annan’s death at age 80. “Deeply saddened by the sudden passing of the iconic Kofi Annan whom I met a few days ago,” Chamisa says on Twitter. “A rare breed of diplomat; soft spoken but unshakeably firm.”
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