Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland Q.C has expressed her sadness at the passing today of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana.
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, the first President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
“Former President Rawlings will be remembered in Ghana, Africa and beyond for spearheading Ghana’s return to multi-party democracy in the early 1990s and the smooth transition of power in 2001.
During his tenure, Ghana was one of the first eight member countries to serve on the newly formed Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). In 1998, he supported CMAG’s Ministerial Mission to Sierra Leone with the provision of a base and logistical assistance in Accra.
“On behalf of the Commonwealth family, I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of Flt Lt Rawlings, and the Government and people of Ghana.”
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