- Former president Rawlings met and chatted heartily with Akufo-Addo at a public event in Accra
- Photos of the two men laughing excitedly have gone viral
- The interaction stands in stark contrast to Rawlings' treatment of former president Mahama at public functions
Former president Jerry Rawlings could not hide his excitement when he met President Nana Akufo-Addo at the burial of the late Ghanaian statesman, J.H. Mensah, in Accra, YEN.com.gh can report.
Flanked by his wife, Nana Konadu, Rawlings, who is not known to laugh often in public, laughed excitedly with Akufo-Addo, who was in the company of Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.
It is not known what was talked about, but it is clear that Rawlings and Nana Konadu were enjoying themselves.
Akufo-Addo and Bawumia were also having fun as they exchanged pleasantries with the former president and first lady.
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The stunning photos of the interactions excited many Ghanaians on social media, and instantly went viral.
It marked a continuation of the extraordinary rapport that has developed between the two men since Akufo-Addo became president.
And it stood in stark contrast with Rawlings' treatment of former president John Mahama, with whom he has had a frosty relationship.
The relationship between Rawlings and Mahama has suffered in recent years, although they are leading members of the same party - the opposition NDC.
The former has accused the later of presiding over monumental corruption when he was president.
In media interviews, Rawlings has railed against Mahama and his former ministers and close aides, stressing that the numerous corruption scandals that buffeted their administration were inconsistent with the NDC's cherished values of probity, accountability and integrity.
Since Mahama lost the 2016 election, Rawlings has often given him a cold, icy stare each time he runs into him at a public event.
Sometimes, he appears to dismissively avoid eye contact when shaking hands with Mahama.
In January this year, a video appeared online of Rawlings "snubbing" Mahama at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of Ghana's democracy since 1992.
The awkward interactions between the two have often ignited social trolling for Mahama by his political opponents.
Mahama himself has addressed this lack of chemistry with his former boss, blaming it on mood swings on the part of Rawlings.
In an interview with Ghana Television (GTV), Mahama said, depending on Rawlings' mood, the former military head of state would either greet him warmly or in "military style".
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