Jerry John Rawlings is a former Ghanaian military leader and subsequent politician who 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.
Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73.
Reports from Ghana say that the former president died in hospital in the capital, Accra, after a short illness.
Rawlings ruled the country from 1981 to 2001. First through military coup de tats until he was first democratically elected the President of the West Africa’s Gold Coast state in 1992.
He served for two terms until 2001, when he stepped down handing over power to a civilian leader.