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Ahtisaari withdraws from public life due to Alzheimer's disease

Due to advanced neurodegenerative disease, he is receiving support for everyday life
Ahtisaari.  Former president Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva Ahtisaari. Photo: Presidentti.fi.
Former president Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva Ahtisaari. Photo: Presidentti.fi.

The former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, will retire from public life.

The announcement was made by the Office of the President of the Republic after Ahtisaari had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"President Martti Ahtisaari is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Due to advanced neurodegenerative disease, he is receiving support for everyday life at home and occasionally spends periods of treatment in a care facility," the Office of the President said in a statement.

The family wishes that their privacy be respected, the Office added.

Ahtisaari was in office between 1994 and 2000.

He was the 10th President of the Republic of Finland.

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