Jerry Rawlings, Ex-Ghana President, Dies At 73

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Jerry Rawlings, Ex-Ghana President, Dies At 73

A Ex-President of Ghana, , is  died.

According to report, ,  suspected to have died from COVID-19 complications at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

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He was a former Ghanaian military leader and, later, civilian President between 1981 to 2001.

Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian , 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 exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

“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, Bukola Saraki described the late Rawlings 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.

It was gathered he was , Jerry Rawlings was the first military leader to handover power to a civilian.

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