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LOCAL NEWS: Ghana Begins Seven Days Of National Mourning For Rawlings

Ghanaians will today, November 13, 2020 begin a seven day period of national mourning for the late president, Jerry John Rawlings.

The Former president passed on yesterday after a short illness, throwing the entire nation into a mournful mood.

As a sign of respect to the departed statesman, all flags across the nation are to fly at half mast. a communication from the president announcing the seven day period of national mourning reads:

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"I have directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven (7) days in all parts of the country, and have declared seven days of national mourning from Friday, 13th November to Friday, 20th November. In honor of the memory of former president Rawlings, the vice president and I have suspended our political campaigns for the same period ", the President announced.

I'm extremely disturbed and saddened by Rawlings' death- Akufo-Addo.

The president has meanwhile expressed profound sadness and regret at the death of ex-president Jerry John Rawlings, whom he described as a man with great energy and dynamism.

He said news of president Rawlings' passing has left him extremely disturbed and saddened.

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President Akufo-Addo was speaking at the flag staff house when the Family of the late president called on him to officially inform him of the ex president's demise.

The president said he was yet to fully assimilate the unfortunate information.

"I was given this information on Thursday morning when I arrived at the office. I find it hard, up to now , to really assimilate this information. This is a man with great vitality, dynamism and energy ", he said.

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"He and I had a tempestuous relationship... I believe that we came to see value in each other by the end. I am extremely disturbed and saddened by his passage", Akufo-Addo added.

Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor