Former Ghana president, Jerry John Rawlings has reportedly died.
News of his death has been making waves on social media.
Daily Graphic reports that he is said to have died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra Graphic Online has gathered.
This is coming just a couple of weeks after he buried his late mother, Victoria Agbotui who died at the age of 101
Rawlings was 73 years old. He left behind 4 children with his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.
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A close family source contacted Sammnews.com this morning and said he died as a result of COVID-19 complications. The family is yet to make any official statement on this. Please keep it locked on Sammnews.com as we bring you every developing story on this.
Jerry John Rawlings was born on 22 June 1947 is a former Ghanaian military leader and subsequent politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for 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.
Until his death he served as the African Union envoy to Somalia.