- News has come in that former president Jerry John Rawlings has passed away
- According to many reports, he died of Covid-19 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
- Briefly.co.za has compiled a list of iconic photos of the former Ghanaian leader
The whole country is in a state of shock and disbelief following the news of the death of Ghana's former president, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings today, November 12, 2020.
Reports that have started going round indicate that the former Ghanaian leader died of the dreaded coronavirus at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. It would be recalled that the ex-president recently buried his late 101-year-old mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.
Following the passing of the former Ghanaian statesman, Briefly.co.za has compiled a number of iconic photos of the ex-president which would make followers miss him even more.
1. When Rawlings embraced King of Pop Michael Jackson
2. When JJ Rawlings and his government treated Bill Clinton to a cultural display in Ghana.
3. JJ Rawlings waving at a crowd
4. When the former president attended a parade
5. Rawlings with Queen Elizabeth when she visited Ghana
6. JJ Rawlings delivering a speech with the former president of the United States of America, Bill Clinton.
7. When former president Rawlings was engaged in a conversation with Queen Elizabeth
8. Rawlings and Michael Jackson at a fundraising event
Now that Rawlings has passed, he left behind his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, and four children - Zenator Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings and Kimathi Rawlings.
Jerry John Rawlings was born on 22 June, 1947. He was a former Ghanaian military leader who ruled Ghana from 1981 to 1992 as Head of State.
He was then democratically elected president of Ghana in 1992 and served till 2000. After two terms in office, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president, the late John Evans Atta Mills, as the presidential candidate in 2000.
However, his party, the NDC, handed over power to former president John Agyekum Kufour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as it lost the 2000 elections.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979. In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military and founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to become the first President of the Fourth Republic.
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