BREAKING: Jerry Rawlings, former Ghanaian President is dead
Former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings is dead.
He died at the age of 73.
Reports from Ghana say that the former president died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra, after a short illness.
He was the head of a military junta until introducing multi-party elections in 1992, when he was first elected president. He stepped down in 2001 after serving two terms.
The charismatic figure was known as a champion of the poor and began his time in power as a committed socialist.
Born on June 22, 1947, Rawlings was the first President of the Fourth Republic and was re-elected in 1996 for another four years.
He was credited for introducing free-market reforms that ushered in a long period of political stability in Ghana till today.
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