Jerry John Rawlings, Ghana’s Most Revered Statesman, Who Led the Country to Democracy Dies at 73

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Jerry John Rawlings, a former Ghanaian Air Force officer, former Ghana President who led Ghana for 22 years, who successfully led two military coups, before redirecting the country towards democracy, died on Thursday in the nation’s capital, Accra. He was 73. He was survived by his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, his daughters Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings and Amina Rawlings; and his son, Kimathi Rawlings.

The current President of Ghana is Nana Akufo-Addo  announced the death of the former president on Thursday evening, “after a short illness,” He confirmed.  “A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” He added.

 

 

On Friday, President Nana Akufo-Addo with his entourage visited the widow of the late former Ghana President Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings to pay their respect. President Nana Akufo-Addo assures the family of the responsibilities of the country by offering a befitting state funeral after all dates are confirmed by the bereaved family.

 

 

Jerry Rawlings inspects troops in 2011.(Associated Press)
Jerry Rawlings inspects troops in 2011.(Associated Press)

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