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JJ Rawlings to be laid to rest today

By Vincent Ashitey
Late former President Jerry John Rawlings
Late former President Jerry John Rawlings
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The mortal remains of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings will be laid to rest today, January 27, 2021 at the Military Cemetery, in Accra.

This will be preceded by a state burial service at the Black Star Square, climaxing a four-day elaborate state funeral.

President Akufo-Addo, the Vice President and other government officials will be present at the funeral.

Liberia President George Weah and Sierra Leone President, Julius Maada Bio are among the foreign dignitaries expected to attend the funeral

Mamadou Tangara, The Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel as well as delegations from the ECOWAS Commission, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria are also expected at the state funeral,

The national activities started on Sunday with a Catholic Requiem Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral and a vigil at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.

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Mr. Rawlings was then laid in state on Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th, at the Accra International Conference Centre for various members of the government and security machinery as well as members of the public given an opportunity to pay their last respect.

Ghana’s longest-serving Head-of-State died in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.