BREAKING: Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings dies at 73

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

He was born on June 22, 1947.

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Mr Rawlings was said to have died from complications of COVID-19, but TVC News cannot independently confirm this.

The former president who governed Ghana from from 1981 to 2001 died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday morning.

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A military ruler, who later joined politics, Rawlings led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.

Mr 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. But he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and sentenced to death after the coup failed,

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

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

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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.

 

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