Kofi Annan

NPR's Ted Clark reports that the United Nations Security Council today broke a deadlock and selected Kofi Annan (KO-fee ah-NAHN) of Ghana to be the next U-N secretary general. Annan will succeed Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who was blocked from a second term by the United States. For the past several days France had objected to Annan, but Paris joined the rest of the Security Council today in backing the Ghanaian, who currently is head of UN peacekeeping operations.

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