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Ghanaians prepare to pay respect to Kofi Annan

The body of the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will lie in state today at the International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to allow fellow Ghanaians to pay their respects.

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It arrived at the city’s international airport on Monday evening from Switzerland ahead of his official burial ceremony on Thursday.

The viewing will take place between 10:00 GMT to 16:00 GMT.

Diplomats, government officials, traditional leaders and other dignitaries will also pay their last respects, the BBC’s Thomas Naadi reports.

Mr Annan, the first sub-Saharan African to become UN secretary-general, died on 18 August aged 80 after a short illness.

These pictures were taken by reporters on ground:

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