Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings is dead.

Rawlings passed away in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana.

A military ruler, who later joined politics, Rawlings ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001.

He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.

A flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force, Rawlings first staged military coup as a young revolutionary on May 15, 1979, five weeks before scheduled elections to return the country to civilian rule.

When it failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and sentenced to death. He then resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth Republic.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.

Hw was born on June 22, 1947.


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