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COVID19: Former Ghanian President, Rawlings dies

Ghana former President Jerry Rawlings has died of coronavirus-related complications at 73years according to several reports from Ghanaian media less than a month after he buried his mother.

The former President initially came to power in Ghana as a military head of state as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

Rawlings is one of the most respected African leaders and a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 after his previous military rule.

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Dele Momodu, a Nigerian Media mogul who has close links to the Ghanaian Presidency, confirmed the death of the former president on Twitter.

“The saddest news of this year. My God. Former President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana has passed on. I’m completely devastated. Good night, an African hero.”

Until his death, the African Union envoy to Somalia. Rawlings as leader of Ghana launched a massive anti-corruption campaign that purged the nation of corrupt political elements.

 

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