President Akufo-Addo has eulogised the first President of the Fourth Republic, Jerry John Rawlings likening his death to a great tree which has fallen.

The NPP flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) said “Ghana is poorer” following the loss of the stateman.

In a statement Thursday, the President said, “It is with great sadness that I announce to the nation that the first President of the Fourth Republic, Jerry John Rawlings has joined his ancestors.”

A great tree has fallen, Ghana is poorer for his loss - Akufo-Addo on Rawlings' death

Announcing seven days of national mourning and he also directed all flags to fly at half-mast nationwide from Friday, November 13.

He said, “In honour of the memory of former President Rawlings, the Vice President and I have suspended our political campaigns for the same period.”

Mr Rawlings died at 10 am on Thursday morning at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he was receiving treatment after a short illness.

“I convey the deepest sympathies of government and the people of Ghana to his wife, the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, the children and family of the late President, in these difficult times,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo added that government will work closely with Mr Rawlings’ family arrangements for a befitting state funeral.

Meanwhile, the daughter of the former statesman, Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings, in a statement said the incident is a tough one for the family and is, therefore, requesting “for privacy at this difficult moment.”



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