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Congresswoman Waters’ Statement in Memory of Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 10, 2020

Congresswoman Waters with the late Pres. Jerry Rawlings

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in memory of the former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, who died on November 12, 2020, at the age of 73.

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“My deepest sympathies are extended to the people of Ghana upon the death of former President Jerry Rawlings.

“President Jerry Rawlings played a critical role in the history of Ghana, leading the country for twenty years and overseeing its transition to a stable, multiparty democracy.  President Rawlings was democratically elected in 1992 and again in 1996 and presided over numerous economic and political reforms.  When his term in office ended in 2001 under the Ghanaian constitution, he retired and transferred power to his elected successor, a former political rival, thus reinforcing democratic traditions in Ghana.

“President Rawlings was an outspoken advocate of African unity and went on to serve in numerous roles as an African statesman and diplomat. He was appointed to serve as the first International Year of Volunteers 2001 Eminent Person by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, attending international conferences and events to promote volunteerism and to help raise the profile of volunteers working for peace and development around the world. In October 2010, the African Union appointed him to serve as envoy to Somalia.

“As a leading congressional advocate of debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries and a supporter of the Jubilee movement, I am especially proud of President Rawlings’ advocacy for African nations to have their international debts cancelled. Debt relief was critical to free more than thirty-five of the world’s poorest countries – including Ghana – from the burdens of international debts and enable them to invest their resources in health, education, poverty reduction, and infrastructure.

“President Jerry Rawlings will always be remembered as a passionate advocate for the people of Ghana and their sisters and brothers throughout the African continent. It is my sincere hope that his family, including his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, friends and fellow Africans will be comforted by the memory of his love for them and for the African people.

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