Jerry John Rawlings – All You Need To Know About The Former Ghanaian President
This is all you need to know about Jerry John Rawling, former president of the Republic of Ghana.
Jerry John Rawlings was a former Ghanaian military leader and politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979.
He died on Thursday, 12th November 2020 at the age of 73.
Mr. Rawlings initially came to power as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.
Before that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on May 15, 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
He was the founder of the National Democratic Congress, the name Rawlings has now become a household name though not his real surname.
He was educated at Achimota College and the military academy at Teshie.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Ghanaian Air Force in 1969 and became a flight lieutenant and expert pilot, skilled in aerobatics.
In June 1979, Mr. Rawlings and other junior officers led a successful military coup with the purported aim of purging the military and public life of widespread corruption.
He and his Armed Forces Revolutionary Council ruled for 112 days, during which time former heads of state, Gen. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong and Lt. Gen. Frederick W.K. Akufo were tried and executed.
Our condolences to all. RIP Papa Jay.