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.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    Demas Nwoko's structures are a model of culturally relevant and sustainable African design.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.