Sad news reaching this portal is that former President Jerry John Rawlings has passed away.
The former president per sources available to this portal passed away on Thursday 12, 2020.
Mr. Rawlings had reportedly been on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for about a week.
The cause of death is however unknown.
He was 73 years old.
Jerry John Rawlings was born in June 1947 in Accra, Ghana, to Victoria Agbotui, from Dzelukope, Keta, and James Ramsey John, a chemist from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
He attended Achimota School and a military academy at Teshie.
Rawlings came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979. Before that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979.s
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian Constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.
Until his death, he was the African Union envoy to Somalia.
Rawlings was married to Nana Konadu Agyeman and they gave birth to three daughters and a son.