The burial service for the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings, has been moved to Wednesday, January 27, 2021, after an earlier postponement.
A note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to Diplomatic Missions, International Organizations, and Honorary Consulates indicated that the burial service will be held at the Independence Square in Accra from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
It went on to indicate that the Former President’s Laying-In-State will be from 24th to 26th January 2021 at the Foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
There will also be a Mass on 26th January 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra.
Former President, Jerry John Rawlings died aged 73 after battling a short illness at the Korle Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The State, however, scheduled the funeral for December 23, 2020, but this did not sit well with the Anlo Traditional Council.
The Council said the arrangements made at the time were not in accordance with their tradition.
The funeral rites of the late former president were then postponed indefinitely.
About Jerry John Rawlings
Jerry John Rawlings was born June 22, 1947.
He was a former military leader and subsequent politician who ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also a brief period in 1979.
He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
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