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Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:32
Kofi Annan's body returns home to Ghana before funeral
By Associated Press
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:32 By Associated Press

Ghanaian soldiers carry the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, wrapped in the flag of Ghana, to a hearse upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Sept 10, 2018. (PHOTO / SUNDAY ALAMBA / AP)

ACCRA, Ghana — The body of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has received a hero's welcome upon landing at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana's capital.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was with Annan's widow and family members Monday as uniformed soldiers brought Annan's coffin down from the aircraft amid solemn music played by a detachment of Ghana's armed forces. Prayers followed.

To signify Annan's return home, the UN flag covering the coffin was replaced by a Ghanaian one.

United Nations soldiers carry the coffin of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Sept 10, 2018. (PHOTO / SUNDAY ALAMBA / AP)

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Annan will lie at the Accra International Conference Center, where people can pay their respects in the days before Thursday's state funeral.

Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80.

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Nane Annan, left, widow of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, walks with Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, right, upon the arrival of Kofi Annan's body at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Sept 10, 2018. (PHOTO / SUNDAY ALAMBA / AP)

The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to work as UN secretary-general, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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