Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings is dead

In Summary

•He succumbed to Covid-19 complications.

•Rawlings, who was born in June, 1947, was 73 years old.

Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings.
Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings.
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Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings is dead.

Rawlings, who was born in June, 1947, was 73 years old at the time of death.

According to a statement by Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,  Rawlings died on Thursday at 10:10 AM at the Korie-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. 

 
 

Announcing Rawlings death, President Akufo-Addo directed all national flags to be flown at half-mast for seven days. He also ordered a seven day national mourning.

"In honour of the former President Rawlings, the Vice President and I have suspended our political campaigns for same period," Akufo-Addo said.

"Government will work closely with the family of President Rawlings on the arrangements for a fitting State Funeral for the late President, and will keep the nation informed accordingly."

Rawlings was the first president of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.