Throwback photo of Rawlings with six packs

Throwback photo of Rawlings with six packs

- Rawlings and the young officers formed the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC)

- The former president served Ghana for 19 years

One of the biggest symbols of Ghana’s fourth republic is Jerry John Rawlings. The former president played a major role in returning Ghana to democratic rule.

Rawlings goes down as the longest-serving president in the history of Ghana, having been head of state for 19 years.

These days the retired flight lieutenant may have been caught up by old age, however, in his youthful days he was very vibrant and a firebrand.

The throwback photo of Rawlings circulating on social media

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And a throwback photo of the former president showing his six packs typifies the kind of active man that Rawlings was.

In the said photo, which has since gone viral on the internet, Rawlings is captured without a shirt together with some of his military colleagues.

Rawlings first came to power through a coup in 1979. He later handed power to a democratic government but returned to the seat two years later after staging another coup.

He then founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and became the first president of Ghana’s fourth republic in 1992.

The 62-year-old was re-elected as president in 1996, completing his two terms as president.

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