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Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings dies at 73

Former President of Ghana dies from COVID-19

Akufo-Addo's main rival in the December 7 election is the leader of Rawlings' party, John Mahama, a former president who was defeated by Akufo-Addo four years ago.

Former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings has passed on aged 73.

Jerry Rawlings, "Papa Jay" as popularly known was said to have collapsed immediately he came out of his vehicle in his house.

He resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth Republic in 1992.

Please note that this is not a definite confirmation that he indeed died of coronavirus as stated.

He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana.

Jerry John Rawlings got involved in national politics as Ghana was in the throes of food shortages and a dire economy that had led to rampant inflation.

He said as Ghana's leader, the deceased acquitted himself as a soldier of the masses and crusader for social justice.

In 2001, he handed over power to John Kufour of the opposition party, who had defeated Rawlings' vice-president in the previous year's election.

In other news, the family of late Ghana's Political Icon has in the issued a statement confirming the death of their father and hero.

He said, "A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss".

Rawlings however continued to remain respected in the NDC although he has had frosty relations with John Mahama, who was president between 2012 and 2017 and is now looking to unseat incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo in elections this December.

In the photo below, three of the children, Dr. Zanetor, Yaa Asantewaa, and Kimathy Rawlings were on their way to lay wreaths at the funeral of their grandmother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.