Former President Of Ghana Jerry Rawlings Dies At 73

Former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73.

According to multiple reports from Ghanaian media, the revolutionary leader died from coronavirus-related complications at a hospital in the capital, Accra.

The development comes less than a month after he buried his mother.

Rawlings, who is one of the most respected African leaders, was a military leader in Ghana and later became a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001.

The former President initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

A charismatic figure, he first seized power railing against corruption and was responsible for executing several former heads of state for their alleged graft and mismanagement.

A week of national mourning has been announced in Ghana for the country’s longest-serving leader, who oversaw the transition to multiparty elections in what is now one of Africa’s most stable democracies.

 

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