Former Ghanaian President, John Jerry Rawlings, is dead. Highly competent sources from the the West African country told our reporter the former president succumbed to the devastating complications from the COVID-19 pandemic this morning, November 12, 2020 at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, the nation’s capital.
Born on June 22, 1947, the former military leader ruled from 1981 to 2001.
He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.
A flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force, 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.
When it failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and sentenced to death, but later had his way to freedom.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took it back on 31 December, 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
He was the first President of the Fourth Republic and was re-elected in 1996 for another four years, and after his tenure, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president, John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000, which Mills won and ruled until he later died.
Rawlings served in the African Union envoy to Somalia.