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NDC to hold special virtual symposium in Rawlings honour

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to hold a special virtual symposium in honour of the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings.

The symposium will come off at 6:30 pm at the Kama Conference Centre at Labone in Accra on January 25, 2021.

This was made known in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Communication Kakra Essamuah.

Per the statement, the main speakers scheduled for the evening include; a member of the NDC Council of Elders Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, a former Ambassador and a former Minister of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) Mrs Aanaa Enin.

Other speakers include the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, NDC National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Leader of the NDC Caucus in Parliament Haruna Iddrisu, the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

The closing remarks would be delivered by the former President and Flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama.

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings died from an unknown illness on November 12, 2020. He died at 73.

The former military strongman left behind his wife and former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawling and four children -– Zanetor, Amina, Asantewaa and Kimathi.

Rawlings burst onto the political scene in May 1979 after a failed coup attempt.

While he was on trial, on June 4, 1979, his peers–junior officers in the Ghana Armed Forces organised another coup that wrestled him from the powers that be.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings

That military junta, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) led the country for about 112 days before handing over to Dr Hilla Limann, the only president of Ghana’s short-lived the Fourth Republic on September 27, 1979.

He took the gun again to topple Dr Limann on December 31, 1981, forming the Provisional Defence Council (PNDC).

READ: The Rawlings Timelines: The 66 events that defined J.J’s life

Rawlings governed the country as the Chairman of the PNDC for 11 years, before transitioning into a democratic leader when he won the 1992 and 1996 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Meanwhile, the final funeral rites for the late former president started on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

He will be laid in state for two days, thus January 25 and 26, 2021, for the world to pay their last respect.

The burial service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

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