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President Akuffo Addo Announces death of Mr. Rawlings and calls for 7 days of national mourning with flags flying at half-mast

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially announced the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings, who died on Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a brief illness.

He has, in honour of the former President, declared seven days of national mourning, starting tomorrow, Friday November 13, 2020. All flags are to fly at half mast for the seven days.

“It is with great sadness that I announce to the nation that the First President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, has joined his ancestors,” President Akufo-Addo said in statement issued and signed by him on Thursday

“This tragic event occurred at 10:10am on Thursday, 12th November 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where the former President was receiving treatment.

President Akufo-Addo on behalf of the Government of Ghana and the people of Ghana extended sympathies to the wife of Mr. Rawlings, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, his children, and the bereaved family.

Government will work closely with the family of the former President Rawlings on the arrangements for a befitting State Funeral for the late President, and will keep the nation informed accordingly,” the president stated.

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