Thousands bid final farewell to Kofi Annan


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World leaders past and present, traditional rulers and global royalty on Thursday joined the family of Kofi Annan, as the former UN secretary-general’s state funeral took place in his native Ghana.

Hundreds of dignitaries, most of them dressed in black mourning clothes, gathered at the Accra International Conference Centre, to mark the end of three days of national mourning for the respected diplomat.

Mr Annan’s casket was centre stage at the religious service and surrounded by flowers and candles.

The current UN Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, led mourners from the diplomatic corps, while there were representatives of the African Union, the West African bloc Ecowas, and presidents from across Africa and beyond.

Royalty included Princess Beatrix, the former queen…

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