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Jerry Rawlings dies of COVID complications — two weeks after burying mum

Jerry Rawlings dies of COVID complications — two weeks after burying mum
November 12
13:19 2020

Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has died from complications of COVID-19, TheCable understands.

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TheCable gathered that the ex-president died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday morning.

He had recently buried his mother, Victoria Agbotui, at Dzelukope in the Volta Region on October 24, 2020.

She died at 101 on September 24, 2020.

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Shortly after the burial, Rawlings fell seriously ill and was hopitalised on Saturday after showing symptoms of COVID-19.

TheCable understands that he also had underlying illnesses.

THE YOUNG REVOLUTIONARY 

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A flight lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force, Rawlings first staged military coup as a young revolutionary on May 15, 1979, five weeks before scheduled elections to return the country to civilian rule.

When the coup failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed and sentenced to death.

From prison, he plotted another coup and took back control of the country on December 31, 1981 and became chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

He resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth Republic in 1992.

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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.

He was born on June 22, 1947.

READ THE OBITUARY HERE

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4 Comments

  1. Ritz
    Ritz November 12, 14:27

    May his soul RIP

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  2. Moma William
    Moma William November 12, 16:09

    It is unfortunate, all our good people are going. May the Almighty continue to light his path with His Holy Light.

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  3. Evaristus Udeani
    Evaristus Udeani November 12, 16:41

    RIP RAWLINGS

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  4. Babs
    Babs November 13, 12:15

    May his soul find peace with the Lord

    I pray God would grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear his physical absence

    As the saying goes, ‘to live in the heart of those we love, is not to die’

    Rawlings lives on! 👊

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