Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings dies at 73 over covid-19.
Ghana’s former leader Jerry Rawlings, has died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital at the age of 73 over Covid 19.
Rawlings has been a military ruler who seized power twice in military coups but went on to bring democratic rule to the West African country.
He ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001.
Rawling led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.
The flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force, Rawlings first staged 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).