Jerry John Rawlings is arguably Ghana’s most charismatic president ever. He was president and commander in chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for almost 19 years.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force following a coup d'état in 1979 and, after initially handing power over to a civilian government, took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council.
What do make of this picture? Jerry Rawlings was energetic and passionate during his hay days.
Superstar singer Michael Jackson presents a gold sword to the President of the West African nation of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, on behalf of Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al-Saud during a dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The sword was presented to symbolically cut through the divisions that divide people.
In 1992 Rawlings resigned from the Armed Forces, founded the National Democratic Congress and became the first president of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for a further four years.
Today YEN.com.gh shares photos of this affable former president.
President Jerry John Rawlings and Muammar Al Gaddafi