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Rawlings to address June 4 by virtual durbar

Former President Jerry John Rawlings will deliver the keynote address to mark the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

“Due to the social-distancing protection protocols instituted by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the anniversary address will be delivered by a live virtual broadcast,” a statement from the office of the former president said.

According to the anniversary planning committee, the theme for the celebration, which is inspired by the pandemic and the ideals of the revolution is: “Strengthening the Spirit of Patriotism, Resilience and Integrity in Difficult Times.”

Other speakers including leading members of the National Democratic Congress, will speak at the E-durbar.

In compliance with the social-distancing protocols, select members of the media will be invited to cover the E-Durbar.

As part of the celebrations, donations will be made to the Muslim community in commemoration of the Eid al-Fitr and select medical facilities will receive PPE to support the fight against the coronavirus.

On June 4, 1979, members of the military, drawn mostly from the junior ranks and inspired by mass social and public discontent, took over the governance of the country. The following three months led to a ‘housecleaning’ exercise after which elections were held and the mantle of political leadership handed over to the government of the People’s National Party, ushering in the Third Republic.

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