Justice Daniel Francis Kweipe Annan (November 7, 1928 – July 16, 2006) was a Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana. He is also a former member of the Provisional National Defence Council government which preceded the fourth republic and was once the Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy.
Daniel Annan was born in Accra, Ghana on November 7, 1928. He had his secondary education at Accra Academy from 1939 to 1945. He then proceeded to Achimota College from 1946 to 1948 to complete his pre-university education. Justice Annan then traveled to the United Kingdom to study law at the University of Hull. He obtained the LL.B (Hons) degree in 1956 while there. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, UK, in 1958.
Justice Annan worked at the Attorney General's department in Accra, Ghana from 1958 to 1964. He rose from Assistant State Attorney, through State Attorney and finally worked as Senior State Attorney during that period. He joined the bench in 1964 as a Circuit Court Judge for two years. He was promoted High Court Judge in 1966 and then Appeal Court Judge in 1971. He served as the Stool Lands Boundaries Settlement Commissioner and also as a Member of the Legal Class Appointment Board from 1974 to 1976. Other positions held by Daniel Annan include Chairman of the Press Freedom and Complaints Committee of the Ghana Press Commission in 1980 and Chairman of the Ghana Police Council in 1984 as well as Chairman, National Economic Commission in 1984.
Politics and Speaker of Parliament
Daniel Annan was appointed a member of the ruling Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) in 1984. He effectively became the deputy to Jerry Rawlings, the Head of state of Ghana and acted quite often when Rawlings was out of the country. The government also made him Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy in 1984 which was to oversee preparations to return Ghana back to democracy. On the inauguration of the fourth republic, Justice Annan was elected Speaker of Parliament in January 1993, a position he held during the second parliament of the fourth republic as well till 2001. During this period, he got to act as President of Ghana when both the President and Vice President were out of the country.
Justice Annan loved sports. He was Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Promotion Syndicate from 1973 to 1976 and Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Authority from 1980 to 1982. He was also President of the Ghana National Olympic Committee (1983–1985).
Star of Ghana - one of the prestigious state awards.
Daniel Annan died on July 16, 2006 in Accra after a period of illness.