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Jerry John Rawlings: Former Ghanaian president is dead

by | Nov 12, 2020 | Latest News | 0 comments

Former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings is dead.

According to reports, Rawlings, 73, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, November 12 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he had been receiving treatment.

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Rawlings was reportedly admitted to the hospital for an unknown illness a week ago.

His death came just two weeks after he buried his mother Madam Victoria Agbotui who died aged 101.

Rawlings is survived by his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, and four children – Zenator Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings.

Rawlings overthrew then-ruler General Frederick Akuffo in 1979 when he was an army lieutenant.

He then handed over power to civilian rule soon after but then led another coup two years later, decrying the government’s corruption and weak leadership.

From 1981 to 1993, Rawlings ruled as chairman of a joint military-civilian government.

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In 1992 he was elected president under a new constitution, taking up that office the following year and serving two terms before handing over power to John Kufour who succeeded him in 2001.

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