Jerry John Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Since Sunday, Mr. Rawlings has been on admission to the Teaching Hospital, according to sources.
It comes weeks after his mother’s death. Born on 22 June 1947, Jerry John Rawlings is a former Ghanaian military chief and subsequent politician who governed the country from 1981 to 2001 and also in 1979 for a brief time.
Born on 22 June 1947, Jerry John Rawlings is a former Ghanaian military chief and subsequent politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001, and also in 1979 for a brief period.
Until 1992, he headed a military junta and then served two terms as Ghana’s democratically elected President.
Initially, Rawlings came to power in Ghana after a coup d’état in 1979 as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force. Prior to that, on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before the scheduled democratic elections were due, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government.
He took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) after initially handing over power to a civilian government.
Rawlings resigned from the military in 1992, established the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the Fourth Republic’s first President. He was re-elected for four additional years in 1996.
Rawlings supported his vice-president, John Atta Mills, as a presidential candidate in 2000 after two terms in office, the cap according to the Ghanaian Constitution.
He served as an African Union envoy to Somalia until his death.