ACCRA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Ghana officially opened a book of condolence here Monday in honor of late former President Jerry John Rawlings, who died Thursday at the age 73.
Dignitaries, including several UN officials, former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and some of the country's parliament leaders, visited the Accra International Conference Center to sign the book and pay tribute to the president of Ghana from 1993 to 2001.
"The contributions of the former president to our nation-building will long be remembered by generations yet unborn. His handing-over of power at the end of his second term also set a good record for our democracy," said Trade Minister Allan Kyeremateng.
Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, director of elections for the National Democratic Congress, said JJ, as the late former president was affectionately called, was a man who lived by the principles he espoused.
"I am completely broken and devastated. It is now beginning to sink in, and it is unthinkable that our old man, Jerry, is gone," Afriyie-Ankrah said. "JJ believed in the principles of integrity, probity and accountability, and he lived by those principles right to the last day."