Sat. May 15th, 2021

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered a one-week mourning period as the country comes to terms with the death of ex-president Jerry John Rawlings. Rawlings was admitted to hospital in Accra last week after suffering from a brief illness, state-owned newspaper Daily Graphic said. Rawlings ousted General Frederick Akuffo as president in 1979, but handed power over to civilian rule,¬†Deutsche Welle¬†reports. He orchestrated another coup two years later, citing corruption and weak leadership. From 1981 to 1993, Rawlings ruled as chairman of a joint military-civilian government. In 1992 he was elected president under a new constitution, fully assuming the role the following year. Despite the military takeovers, Rawlings oversaw Ghana’s transition to multi-party democracy and is often viewed as the man behind one of Africa’s most democratic nations.

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