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Ex-Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings, Dies At 73

Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings has died in Accra Thursday morning, local media reports.

Rawlings is suspected to have died from COVID-19 complications at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

He had recently buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui, at Dzelukope in the Volta Region on October 24, 2020. She died at 101 on September 24, 2020.

He was a former Ghanaian military leader and, later, civilian President between 1981 to 2001.

Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and became the first President of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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