The former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has died from complications of Covid-19.
He reportedly died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday morning. Rawlings had been on admission at Korle Bu for about a week following complications of COVID-19
Born on June 22, 1947, Rawlings ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001. He staged a failed military coup on May 15, 1979. Thereafter, 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 Defence Council (PNDC).
He then 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, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.
Rawlings died at the age of 73