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Former UN Chief Annan Calls for Peaceful ZIM Polls

Former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan is calling for a peaceful election in Zimbabwe, which holds general polls in less than two weeks. Annan met with Zimbabwe’s president and leader of the opposition Friday.

Kofi Annan came to Zimbabwe leading “The Elders,” an independent group of mostly retired global leaders working together for peace and human rights. With him on the trip are Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, and Lakhdar Brahimi, an Algerian career diplomat.

They spent about an hour Friday meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the State House.

The former U.N. secretary general said he would only speak to reporters Saturday when he winds up his three-day visit to Zimbabwe.

But reporters would not take no for an answer.

Reporter: What brought you to Zimbabwe, sir? Just one question sir…

“To encourage a peaceful and credible election,” Annan responded.”

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