- News of the passing of former president Jerry John Rawlings has reached all the corners of Ghana
- Prior to him serving as the president of the country, he was enlisted in the military and did many exploits
- YEN.com.gh has compiled some throwback photos of Rawlings when he was a soldier
Many Ghanaians are still in a state of disbelief following the announcement of the death of Ghana's former president Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings.
The reports have it that the former Ghanaian statesman passed in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
More details that followed news of J.J Rawlings' death had it that he died after he got infected with the dreaded COVID-19 which has plagued the world for some time now.
Many statesmen including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and former president John Dramani Mahama have reacted to the sudden unfortunate news.
Apart from commiserating with the bereaved family, the two political opponents have also suspended their campaigns to mourn the late JJ Rawlings.
Akufo-Addo has declared a 7-day national touring in Rawlings' honour from November 13 to November 20, 2020.
Prior to his joining politics, JJ Rawlings was an officer in the Ghana Air Force and chalked many successes.
YEN.com.gh has compiled a number of throwback photos of the late Ghanaian leader of the time he was in the military.
1. JJ Rawlings looking intently at a crowd at a function
2. Jerry John Rawlings addressing a crowd
3. JJ Rawlings making a submission during a discussion
4. When JJ Rawlings met with Muamar Gadaffi
5. Jerry Rawlings and Fidel Castro saluting
6. JJ Rawlings in an admirable shot with some of his military colleagues
7. When he led a parade on a special day
Rawlings 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 in 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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