Rawlings' wife launches challenge to Mills

2011-05-04 13:29

kalahari.com

Accra - The wife of longtime Ghana ruler Jerry Rawlings on Tuesday began her challenge to President John Atta Mills for his party's nomination ahead of 2012 elections amid drumming and dancing from supporters.

Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings collected her nomination forms at the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) headquarters for her campaign that has signaled divisions within the party.

Her challenge to Atta Mills for the July 08 primary will mark the first time a sitting president will have to compete for his own party's nomination for re-election.

"Picking of the nomination forms marks the beginning of the process of bringing Ghana back to where it belongs," she said.

The 62-year-old is the wife of Jerry Rawlings, Ghana's longest ruler who seized power in successive coups, in 1979 and 1981, before serving as elected president from 1993-2001.

Former president Rawlings has been a major critic of Mills' administration, arguing he has not done enough to address poverty and tackle corruption, among other issues.

The move by the former first lady shows up divisions among the hierarchy of the ruling party ahead of December 2012 elections.

But a spokesman for the Rawlingses who is also the party's deputy secretary general, Kofi Adams, denied the campaign revealed cracks in the NDC.

"How can a democratic process of people contesting be seen to mean it's dividing the party? It's a democratic process and it's her democratic right," Adams told AFP.

Rawlings' husband was not present when she collected the forms.

Perry Okudzeto, a spokesperson for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), said "the power struggle in the ruling party clearly shows the weakness of the ... government".

The NPP candidate was narrowly defeated by Atta Mills in the 2008 elections.

Ghana is seen as a relatively stable democracy in a turbulent region. The West African country recently began major commercial oil production for the first time.

Read more on:    john atta mills  |  jerry rawlings  |  ghana  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The truth about painkillers and exercise

Many of us use painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines to mask pain so they can continue with their training.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

This all-terrain vehicle is badass!
Where were you when you last felt alive?
Watch: Fishing under ice
This is why you need to get fit in your 20's

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on electronics!

Get mind blowing savings on top electronic products. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be spending too much time organising and trying to control things to make sure everything is perfect instead of just...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.