PRESIDENT of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo has directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven days in all parts of the country, and declared seven days of national mourning from November 13 to 20. President Akufo-Addo in a statement said the national mourning was in honour of the memory of former President Jerry Rawlings, adding that “the vice president and I have suspended our political campaigns for same period.” While announcing the demise of the former president, Akufo-Addo said the tragic event occurred at 10:10am on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching
Hospital, where the former president was receiving treatment after a short illness. According to the statement, “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. “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.”