Ghana to Bury Ex-President Rawlings December 23

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Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings speaks on the Nigerian secessionist leader Odumegwu Ojukwu during the national inter-denominational funeral rites at Michael Opkara Square in Enugu, southeastern Nigeria on March 1, 2012. Odumegwu Ojukwu, who led the campaign for an independent Biafra in eastern Nigeria in the 1960s culminating in a 30-month civil war which left more than a million dead, died aged 78 on November 26, 2011 in London, where he had been receiving treament for for an undisclosed ailment. AFP PHOTO/ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The remains of deceased former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, will be buried on December 23, his family has said.

James Victor Gbeho, Head of the funeral planning committee, in a press release on Monday, said the family, in consultation with government, has agreed on the date.

The funeral rites for the 73-year-old will come off at the Independence Square in Accra.

Mr Gbeho said, “The family is working in conjunction with government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the arrangements in due course.”

Rawlings, Ghana’s longest-serving head of state and founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), died on 12 November at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.

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