Monday, August 2, 2021

Ghana Former President J.J Rawlings Has Died

The 73-year-old is said to have died after he contracted Covid-19 and was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was last seen in public on October 19, during the final funeral rites leading to the burial of his mother, Victoria Agbotui.

Mr Rawlings died at 10 am on Thursday morning.

The former military leader was born Jerry Rawlings John on 22 June 1947. He 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.

Jerry John Rawlings speaks to GJA President on integrity

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 December 31, 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, Mr Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as a presidential candidate in 2000.

Announcing his passing President Akufo-Addo said, “It is with great sadness that I announce to the nation that the first President of the Fourth Republic, Jerry John Rawlings has joined his ancestors.”

The family of Mr Rawlings said the details for the funeral arrangement will be announced in due course.

Related Articles

Dont Cry When You Hear I Am Dead – Ayisha Modi Tells Ghanaians

Ayisha Modi has written a somber article in which she wonders what people would do if they learn she is dead. In a post seen by...

Tanzania opposition calls for protests over leader’s arrest

Tanzania's main opposition party on Saturday called for protests over the arrest of its leader and said it had mounted a legal challenge to...

I will give my Daughter 100% support If She Decides To Be A Prostitute – Bulldog

Ghanaian entertainment pundit cum artiste manager has revealed that she wouldn’t be bothered if his daughter decides to become a prostitute. He explained that whatever...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

21,915FansLike
2,507FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe

Latest Articles

Dont Cry When You Hear I Am Dead – Ayisha Modi Tells Ghanaians

Ayisha Modi has written a somber article in which she wonders what people would do if they learn she is dead. In a post seen by...

Tanzania opposition calls for protests over leader’s arrest

Tanzania's main opposition party on Saturday called for protests over the arrest of its leader and said it had mounted a legal challenge to...

I will give my Daughter 100% support If She Decides To Be A Prostitute – Bulldog

Ghanaian entertainment pundit cum artiste manager has revealed that she wouldn’t be bothered if his daughter decides to become a prostitute. He explained that whatever...

Kenya Bans In-person Meetings, Public Gatherings As COVID Surges

Kenya said it is extending a nighttime curfew and banning public gatherings and in-person meetings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, warning that...

Shakira may face trial in Spain over claim she evaded £13million in tax

Shakira may face trial in Spain for allegedly avoiding £13million worth of tax. Spanish prosecutors accuse the 44-year-old Colombian singer of six offences, which could...
%d bloggers like this: