Jerry Rawlings died on Thursday morning at the Korle-Bu University Hospital in Accra, where he had been admitted a week earlier, according to several Ghanaian media. He had led Ghana from 1981 to 2001.

The former Ghanaian president died in Accra, at the age of 73, on Thursday, November 12

Ghana: Former President Jerry Rawlings has passed away

Jerry Rawlings died on Thursday morning at the Korle-Bu University Hospital in Accra, where he had been admitted a week earlier, according to several Ghanaian media. He had led Ghana from 1981 to 2001.

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A former lieutenant in the Ghanaian Air Force, he took part for the first time in a military coup in May 1979. His attempt failed, he was arrested and released a few weeks later by a group of officers. He organised a new putsch the following June, which overthrew Fred Akuffo's regime and put him at the head of the country.

In September of the same year, Rawlings returned power to civilians and Hilla Limann became president. But a few years later, in December 1981, Rawlings took up arms again: he overthrew Limann's regime, which he considered corrupt, and took over the leadership of the Provisional Council of National Defence.

In 1992, after resigning from the army and founding the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Rawlings set his country on the road to democratisation. He was democratically elected president in 1992 and re-elected for a second term in 1996.

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