Jerry Rawlings, the ex-Ghanaian president, Reportedly dies from COVID-19
Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has reportedly died as a result of COVID-19 complications. It was gathered earlier today morning that the Ghanaian ex-president died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana.
Jerry Rawlings was a military ruler, who later joined politics was born on June 22, 1947. The ex-president ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001. In 1981 he led a military junta that sized power and ruled till 1992. He was later democratically elected and served two terms in office as the president of Ghana.
Jerry Rawlings, A flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force, first staged a 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.
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 Defense Council (PNDC).
In 1992 Jerry Rawlings retired from the military and he 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 a presidential candidate in 2000.