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Ghanaians honour ex-president Rawlings ahead of state funeral

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Ghanaians on Monday started paying their last respect to the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings who died in November last year.

They have been filing past his body which will lay in state on Monday and Tuesday ahead of state funeral and burial on Wednesday.

The open casket showing his body is surrounded by flowers, candles and a glass screen at Accra’s international conference centre.

Organizers have been enforcing strict Covid-19 protocols as the country also battles surge in the virus infection.

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Mr Rawlings, who was 73, died from an undisclosed illness weeks after burying his own mother who was 101 years old.

The government delayed his burial due to an impending election and subsequently because there disagreements over the funeral between his family and some traditional leaders.

Rawlings, a former military leader who subsequently became a politician ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001.

He previously ruled for a brief period in 1979 after leading a military junta.




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