The sitting President Nana Akufo Addo announces 7 days as national mourning day to honor the late Jerry Rawlings
According to the statement released Nana Addo has directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven (7) days in all parts of the country, and have declared seven days of national mourning from Friday, 13th November to Friday, 20th November.
Nana Addo extended his condolences to the family of the late president and also charged that the Flag of the Republic of Ghana should be raised for Seven days to mourn him.
In the statement, the president ordered the closure of all political campaigns within the period as plans underway for the decision on his burial.
REPUBLIC OF GHANA
The President 12th November 2020
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF FORMER PRESIDENT JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS
It is with great sadness that I announce to the nation that the P President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, has joined his ancestors.
This tragic event occurred at 10:10 am on Thursday, 12th November 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where the former President was receiving treatment, after a short illness.
I convey the deep sympathies of Government and the people of Ghana to his wife, the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, the children, and family of the late President, in these difficult times.
I have directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven (7) days in all parts of the country, and have declared seven days of national mourning from Friday, 13th November to Friday, 20th November. In honour of the memory of former President Rawlings, the Vice President and I have suspended our political campaigns for same period.
Government will work closely with the family of President Rawlings on the arrangements for a fitting State Funeral for the late President, and will keep the nation informed accordingly.
A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss.
May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall meet again. Amen!
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President of the RepublicIt reads
Below is the statement