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Ghana’s ex-president Rawlings faces expulsion from ruling party: official

ghanaACCRA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings faces possible expulsion from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) if found culpable of infringing on the constitution of the party, a senior party official said here Monday.

NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the leadership of the party would meet in the coming days to decide Rawlings’ fate following his decision to attend the national delegates’ congress of the newly formed National Democratic Party (NDP) last Saturday.

“Nobody flouts NDC constitution and gets away with it,” Asiedu- Nketia told local media.

Rawlings, who is the founder of the NDC, last Saturday graced the NDP congress in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, about 270 km north of the capital Accra, and endorsed his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, as flagbearer of the NDP.

Rawlings indicated that his own party’s government had lost the moral high ground as corruption was “endemic” in the administration, predicting that most parliamentary candidates of the ruling party could be losing their bids as they had bribed their way through to the candidature.

However, Asiedu-Nketia said the utterances of the former Ghanaian leader would not affect the fortunes of the party in the run-up to the polls set for Dec. 7.

“I do not think it will affect our party, beyond the general effect it will be having on all the other parties in the country. NDC’s train can never be stopped; it will get to its destination,” he said.

Rawlings is yet to make a public declaration of leaving the party he formed in 1992.

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