Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings’ Funeral To Be Held On December 23

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The burial ceremony of Jerry John Rawlings, a former president of has been fixed for December 23, his family has announced.

James Victor Gbeho, head of the funeral planning , said a press that the family consultation with the government had agreed on the date.

The funeral rites for the country’s longest-serving head of state will place at Independence Square Accra.

Mr Gbeho said, “The family is working conjunction with government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the arrangements due course.”

The former President died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching in Accra after a short illness.

Late Rawlings ruled 1981 2001. He led a military junta until 1992, and then served terms as the democratically elected president of . When it failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed, and sentenced death.

After initially handing a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC). He then resigned the military, founded the National Democratic (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth .

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. After terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as a presidential candidate in 2000.

He is survived by his wife and children.