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Ex-Ghanian President, Jerry Rawlings, dies from COVID-19 complications

Former President of Ghana, Mr Jerry Rawlings has died on Thursday during an illness suspected to be COVID-19 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

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

Shortly after the burial, Rawlings was reported to have fell seriously ill and was hopitalised after showing symptoms of COVID-19, and with a record of underlying illnesses.

He died at 73.

Ghanaweb, a news agency in Ghana, disclosed the death of Rawlings.

He was born in Accra on 22nd June 1947, to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father.

Rawlings was enlisted as a Flight Cadet in the Ghana Air Force in August 1967 and was subsequently selected for officer cadet training at the Ghana Military Academy and Training School, Teshie, in Accra.

On 31st December 1981, Flt. Lt. Rawlings led a section of the Armed Forces to overthrow the Peoples National Party administration.

Rawlings ceased to be a member of the Ghana Armed Forces with effect from September 14, 1992.

He formed the National Democratic Congress, which contested and won the 1992 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

He and the party again won the 1996 elections.

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