Breaking: Former president Jerry John Rawlings dies

Breaking: Former president Jerry John Rawlings dies

- Former president Jerry John Rawlings has been confirmed dead

- He died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Korle Bu

- is following up on this sad development

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Information making the rounds has it that former president Jerry John Rawlings has died.

According to a report sighted by on, Rawlings died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after suffering a certain ailment.

He was said to have been on admission at the hospital for about a week now for an undisclosed illness and passed on in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Breaking: Former president Jerry John Rawlings dies
The late former president Jerry John Rawlings. Photo credit: Getty Images
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The former president died at age 73, two weeks after he buried his mother in October. The mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui, died aged 101.

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He left behind his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, and four children - Zenator Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings.

Jerry John Rawlings was born on 22 June 1947. He was a former Ghanaian military leader who ruled Ghana from 1981 to 1992 as Head of State.

He was then democratically elected President of Ghana in 1992 and served till 2000.

After two terms in office, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president, the late John Evans Atta Mills as the presidential candidate in 2000.

However, his party, the NDC, handed over power to former president John Agyekum Kufour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as it lost the 2000 elections.

Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.

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Until his death, he served as the African Union envoy to Somalia. is following up on this rather sad development and we will inform our cherished readers when new information comes.

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