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Ghana Postpones Jerry Rawlings’ Funeral

A file photograph of former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings.


Ghana on Thursday postponed the funeral of its charismatic former president Jerry Rawlings, saying the delay was attributable to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Rawlings, who died on November 12 on the age of 73, held sway for twenty years, first as a army ruler and later as elected president.

His funeral was initially scheduled for December 23.

But the Foreign Ministry, in a press release to diplomats and overseas companies, stated that “due to unforeseen circumstances, the funeral will not be held… as planned.”

A brand new date will likely be introduced later, it stated.

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The assertion gave no additional particulars however native media stated the postponement was brought on by a household dispute.

A former air pressure flight lieutenant, Rawlings twice overthrew governments via coups in 1979 and 1981 however was broadly seen by the poor as their champion.

Ghana at this time is usually thought-about a beacon of stability in a turbulent area.

It held elections on December 7 which noticed the incumbent president, Nana Akuffo-Ado, win a second time period, defeating long-time rival John Mahama.


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