Former President Jerry John Rawlings dead, aged 73

Former President, Jerry John Rawlings is dead, aged 93. He passed on Thursday morning after battling a short illness.

He died at the Korle Teaching Hospital in Accra.

According to reports, the former head of state was brought to the National Cardiothoracic Centre of the Hospital some three days ago.

He was subsequently transferred to the Intensive care unit of the hospital on Wednesday, November 11 where he passed away the following day, citinewsroom.com reports.

Meanwhile, tributes have started pouring in from sympathizers.

Meanwhile, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has declared seven days of national mourning following his death.

He has also ordered flags across the country to be flown at half-mast.The orders are to take effect from tomorrow, Friday, November 13, 2020, to Friday, November 20, 2020.

“I have directed that all national flags should fly at half-mast for the next seven (7) days in all parts of the country, and have declared seven days of national mourning from Friday, 13th November to Friday, 20th November,” the President said in a statement.

Leaders of the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress have all suspended campaign activities to mourn the death of the former President.

About Jerry John Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings was born June 22, 1947.

He was a former military leader and subsequent politician who ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also a brief period in 1979.

He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.

Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.

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).

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. 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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