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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings, dies of Coronavirus
Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has died of coronavirus-related complications at the age of 73 , according to multiple reports from Ghanaian media.
The development comes less than a month after he buried his mother .
Rawlings , who is one of the most respected African leaders , was a military leader in Ghana and later became a politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 .
The former President initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d ’ état 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 .
He was until his death , the African Union envoy to Somalia.
Rawlings as leader of Ghana launched a massive anti- corruption campaign that purged the nation of corrupt political elements.
A former Nigerian Presidential candidate and media mogul , Dele Momodu , who has close links to the Ghanaian Presidency , confirmed the development on Twitter .
“ The saddest news of this year . My God . Former President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana has passed on. I’ m completely devastated. Good night , an African hero .”