World leaders to attend Kofi Annan’s state funeral in Ghana.


ACCRA: Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan will be buried in his native Ghana today after a state funeral attended by world leaders past and present, traditional rulers and global royalty.
The ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre, which starts at 8.30 am, marks the end of three days of national mourning for the respected diplomat.
Annan led the UN from 1997 to 2006 and was the first from sub-Saharan Africa to do so. He died on Aug 18 aged 80 at his home in Switzerland after a short illness.
The current head of the world body, Antonio Guterres, is expected to attend the funeral, which will be followed by a private burial at the capital’s military ceremony.
The president of neighbouring Ivory Coast and the leaders of Liberia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger and Zimbabwe have also confirmed their attendance at Thursday’s obsequies, according to Ghana’s information minister.

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