Former President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana, is dead.
The former Ghanaian leader, died on Thursdayat the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra following complications from the Corona virus disease.
Rawlings reportedly took ill over the past few weeks, after the burial of his late mother Madam Victoria Agbotui in October 2020.
Rawlings first came to power through a military coup in 1979. When the coup failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and sentenced to death.
From prison, he plotted another coup and took back control of the country on December 31, 1981 and became chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
He resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth Republic in 1992.
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