Former UK Liberal Democratic leader Paddy Ashdown dies at 77

The former-soldier-turned-politician is credited with making the Liberal Democrats the third-largest party in the UK.

    The former leader of the UK's Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown, has died at age 77 after a brief illness.

    Ashdown, born in India and raised in Northern Ireland, was a member of the Royal Marines and Special Services before turning to politics.

    In addition to his domestic politics, Ashdown was also a force on the international scene, investigating war crimes in Bosnia and eventually giving evidence in the trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

    Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez Hodoyan reports.


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