Ghana's former first lady to run

2011-04-14 22:13

Accra - Ghana's former first lady, the wife of long time ruler Jerry Rawlings, says she will challenge the current president in her party's July primaries.

Nana Konadu Rawlings, 62, in a letter to the National Democratic Congress' secretary-general Thursday, says she is resigning as first vice-chair so she can contest President John Atta Mills in July presidential nominations for next year's general election.

This is the first time a sitting president has been challenged by a member of the ruling party. If chosen, Konadu would also become the first woman to stand for presidential elections.

Jerry Rawlings, a former coup leader, went on to organize elections in the West African nation in the 1990s. He won two terms, then surprised the world in 2000 when his party lost and he voluntarily stepped down.