Jerry John Rawlings
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has died.
He is said to have died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Mr Rawlings recently buried his mother,Madam Victoria Agbotui,who was 102.
Mr Rawlings was 73.
Jerry John Rawlingswas born on 22 June 1947.
He was a formermilitary leader and subsequent politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979.
He led a military juntauntil 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
Rawlings initially came to poweras flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following acoup d’etat in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military founded theNational Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
After two terms in office, the limit according to the constitution Rawlings stepped aside and endorsed his vice-president the late John Atta Evans Atta Millsas presidential candidate in 2000.