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Breaking: Ex-Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings dies from COVID-19

Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings dies of COVID-19
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Emeh Joy

The former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, reportedly died of COVID-19 complications at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra capital city of Ghana on Thursday.

Jerry Rawlings, the former Ghana President, was born on June 22, 1947. He was aged 73 before his death as a result of COVID-19 infection.

Jerry Rawlings started as a military ruler who later went into politics. He ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001. Rawlings led the military junta up until 1922 and also served two terms as the democratic president of Ghana.

Rawlings who was a flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force first staged a military coup on May 15, 1979. This was five weeks before the scheduled election to bring back the country to civilian rule.

The Rawlings-led military coup failed, and he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and later sentenced to death. However, his statements on social injustices which was the reason behind his actions won him civilian empathy.

Rawlings, while awaiting execution was sprung was the custody on June 4, 1979, by a group of soldiers.

Rawlings took back control of the country on December 31, 1981, as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) after initially handing over power to a civilian government.

He later resigned from the military and founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and also became the first president of the Fourth Republic.

Jerry Rawlings was re-elected in 1996 for the second term which runs for four years. After the two terms in office as Ghana president, Rawlings had endorsed his Vice-President, John Atta Mills as the presidential candidate in 2000.

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