Jerry Rawlings, former Ghanaian president has died at the age of 73 years, www.totorinews.com reports.
The charismatic Ghanaian elder statesman died two weeks after he buried his mother, who passed on the age of 101 years, two weeks after celebrated her birthday.
Rawlings died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra, where he had been receiving treatment after a short illness.
“A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” President Nana Akufo -Addo said in an official statement after sending condolences to the family and announcing that flags would fly at half-mast for 7 days as the nation prepares for a state funeral.
Rawlings was born in 1947 to a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother who died in September at the age of 101. Rawlings, who trained as an Air Force Officer, came to power in 1979 after leading his first coup, and then transferring power to civilian rule soon after.
In December 1981, he staged a second coup and was Ghana’s military leader until he introduced multi-party elections in 1992 that returned the country to democracy. He won the elections and was sworn in as president in 1993 and served two elected four-year terms, leaving office in 2001.Soon after his death was announced, crowds started gathering at his Ridge Office in Accra.
Rawlings is survived by his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman, whom he met while at Achimota School.
They have three daughters: Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings; and one son, Kimathi Rawlings, the last born.
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