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Former UN chief Kofi Annan to be buried in Ghana on Sept 13
By Reuters
Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12:55 By Reuters

Chief Mediator and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses the media as Executive Director of United Nations Human Settlements Programme Anna Tibaijuka looks on, in Nairobi, on March 2, 2008. (THOMAS MUKOYA / POOL / AFP)

ACCRA - Former United Nations chief and Noble prize laureate Kofi Annan will be buried in his home country Ghana on Sept 13, the West African nation's president said on Friday.

Nana Akufo-Addo told a delegation of Annan's family that Annan would have a full state burial, "befitting his status as a global icon, diplomat and statesman"

Nana Akufo-Addo told a delegation of Annan's family that Annan would have a full state burial, "befitting his status as a global icon, diplomat and statesman".

Annan died in a Swiss hospital in the early hours of Aug 18 at the age of 80. He was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Kojo and Nina, his foundation and close associates said.

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After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as UN Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture.

Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

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