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A former president dies at an old ripe age

FORMER GHANAIAN PRESIDENT, JERRY RAWLING PASSES AWAY AT 73


A former Ghanaian President called Jerry Rawlings, gave up the ghost as was reported by Ghanaian media on Thursday.

Rawlings who died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra was suspected to have passed away from COVID-19 complications.

Jerry Rawlings was a initially a Ghanaian military leader and, later he went on to become a civilian President between 1981 to 2001.

Rawlings came into power through a coup détat in 1979 as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and became the first President of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

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He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after his second term, after ruling for a total of eight years.

“Jerry Rawlings was an African giant,” former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar said in a tribute shared on Twitter. “His tenure as leader of Ghana remains emblematic with the restoration of that country. Even after office, he stood tall for African unity and renaissance.”

Ex-Senate President of the 8th National Assembly, Bukola Saraki described the late President as a pan-Africanist.

“From his early days as a young revolutionary, to his later years as a renowned statesman and pan-Africanist, Jerry Rawlings always led from the front and matched his words with his actions,” Saraki said via Twitter.