Former Ghana First Lady Will Run for President

Former Ghana First Lady Will Run for President

Nana Konadu Rawlings is making history with her run.

Published May 5, 2011

In a historic move, Nana Konadu Rawlings, the wife of Ghana’s former president Jerry Rawlings, has launched a presidential campaign to run against current leader John Atta Mills.


Rawlings will challenge Mills for the National Democratic Congress presidential nomination in next year’s election. Her husband was president from 1993 to 2001.


This is the first time in the nation’s term-limit era that an incumbent leader has been challenged by someone within his own party during his first term, the BBC reports. Mills served as vice president under Jerry Rawlings for four years before being elected president himself in 2009.


This is "the beginning of taking the country Ghana back where it belongs," the former first lady said after collecting needed election paperwork.

(Photo:  IUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Hortense M. Barber


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