Ex-Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings, dies of Coronavirus related complications

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A Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings has reportedly died of coronavirus-related complications.

His demise comes less than a month after he buried his mother.

The ex president died at the age of 73.

Rawlings, who is one of the most respected African leaders, was a military leader in Ghana and later became a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001.

He initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.

He was until his death, the African Union envoy to Somalia.

As the president of Ghana, Rawlings launched a massive anti-corruption campaign that purged the country of corrupt political elements.

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