John Mahama suspends campaign in respect of Rawlings death

 The leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress, (NDC), H.E. John Dramani Mahama, has cut short his six days Ashanti Regional campaign tour in respect of the sudden demise of the NDC founder and former boss, Flt. Jerry John Rawlings.

Mr Rawlings died on early hours of Thursday, 12 November at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.

Jerry John Rawlings is widely credited with bringing democracy to Ghana. He was also known for his passion in fighting corruption.

Though he was a socialist, he introduced elements of the free market into the Ghanaian economy.

In response to the news, President Nana Akufo-Addo said: “A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss.”

The country will observe seven days of national mourning for its former leader.

Many world leaders have expressed their condolences to the people of Ghana.

Reacting to the news, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyata described Rawlings as a true Pan-Africanist who firmly believed and cared for the interests of the citizens of this continent.