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Biography of the Late President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981
to 2001 and also for a short time in 1979. He headed the military government until 1992, then served
two terms as the constitutionally elected President of Ghana.
Rawlings rose to power in Ghana as air lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force after a coup d'état in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the governing military government on 15 May
1979, just five weeks before the proposed democratic elections. Since turning over authority to a civilian
government, On 31 December 1981, he resumed leadership of the government as chairman of the
Interim National Defense Council (PNDC).
In 1992, Rawlings retired from the army, created the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and became
the first President of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected for another four years in 1996. After two
terms in office, in compliance with the constitution of Ghana, Rawlings supported his vice-president,
John Atta Mills, as presidential candidate in 2000. Rawlings acted as the representative of the African
Union to Somalia. He died in Nov ember 2020 at the age of 73.
Jerry Rawlings John was born on 22 June 1947 in Accra, Ghana, Victoria Agbotui, Ewe from Dzelukope,
Keta, and James Ramsey John, a chemist from Douglas Castle in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. Rawlings
attended the Achimota School and the Teshie Military Academy. Rawlings was married to Nana Konadu
Agyeman, whom he met at Achimota College. They had three daughters, Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa
Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings; and one son, Kimathi Rawlings.

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