The former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings is DEAD. He died at the age of 73.
According report, he died on Thursday morning, November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra, after a brief illness.
Rawlings led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls.
A charismatic figure, he first seized power railing against corruption and was responsible for executing several former heads of state for their alleged graft and mismanagement.
He was also seen as a champion of the poor, but came to be criticised for alleged human rights abuses.
A week of national mourning has been announced in Ghana for the man who oversaw the transition to multiparty elections in what is now one of Africa’s most stable democracies.
John Mahama, presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), founded by Rawlings, has announced that he is suspending campaigning for next month’s elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Ghanaian government and its people over the death of the country’s former President, Jerry Rawlings.
He said this in a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari affirmed that the entire African continent would sorely miss the sterling qualities of the great leader.