UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed his sadness upon hearing the death of Malam Bacai Sanha, president of Guinea-Bissau, Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement released here.
“The secretary-general is deeply saddened by the passing of President Malam Bacai Sanha today in Paris,” said the statement. “The secretary-general presents his condolences to the family of the late president and the people of Guinea-Bissau.”
Sanha died at the age 64 of complications from diabetes at a Parisian hospital where he had been staying since August 2011.
The statement said that Ban has paid tribute to Sanha’s leadership and guidance in his country, which came at a “particularly difficult time” in its history.
The president took office in 2009 and had been hospitalized frequently since then.