Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General is dead

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Kofi Annan of Ghana, one of the most influential African voices in the 21st century who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, has died.

He died in Switzerland on Saturday morning August 18, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

The Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announced the death of the popular diplomat on Twitter.

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As The Washington wrote, although celebrated around the world, his popular and influential reign as secretary general of the United Nations was marred in the United States by White House anger at his opposition to the American invasion of Iraq.

Events later proved that he was right as America had lied about the reasons for invading Iraq.

“Mr. Annan, who shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize with the international body he led from 1997 to 2006, owed his original triumph and his later turmoil to tense relations with the United States. In some ways, he was an accidental secretary general,” The Post said.

Kofi Atta Annan was born in Kumasi on April 8, 1938 when Ghana was still under the British rule. 

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