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Jerry Rawlings dies at the age of 73

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Jerry Rawlings dies at the age of 73

Ghana’s ex-president, Jerry John Rawlings dies at the age of 73.

 

His death was announced in a press release by his family today, November 12, 2020.
November 12, 2020
PRESIDENT RAWLINGS PASSES AWAY
It is with deep sadness that the family of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd), informs the general public that the former President of the Republic, passed away on Thursday morning after a short illness.
The family requests privacy at this difficult moment.
Details of funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
Signed:
Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings

Jerry

Jerry Rawlings was the son of a Scottish farmer and a Ghanaian mother. Born on 22nd June 194. He entered the Ghana Air Force, and graduated in 1969.

 

A decade later, as a senior officer in the air force, he overthrew a military government, and handed over power to a civilian leader.

 

He oversaw the execution of several former heads of state and army generals for corruption, and later expressed  regret about the killings.

In 1981, he led a second coup and was the head of a military junta until introducing multi-party elections in 1992, when he was first elected president.

 

He stepped down in 2001 after serving two terms but continued to wield a strong influence in the country.

 

He began his time in power as a committed socialist, but later introduced free-market reforms.

 

He ushered in a long period of political stability after a tumultuous series of coups in the 1960s and 1970s.

In later years, Rawlings campaigned for African nations to have their international debts written off.

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