Jerry Rawlings: Ghana’s former president dies at 73

11/12/2020, 12:21 p.m.
Jerry Rawlings: Ghana’s former president dies at 73

Jerry Rawlings, Ghana’s former president died today in Accra. He was 73.

The charismatic leader was elected president twice and was known for galvanizing his supporters to fight against corruption.

Rawlings, the son of a Ghanaian mother and Scottish farmer, honed his political skills in the Ghana Air Force. He used those skills and led a coup to overthrow the then military government.

After two terms he stepped down in 2001 leaving behind a mixed legacy.

One week of national mourning was announced in Ghana.