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former President Jerry Rawlings has died

Jerry 'Junior Jesus' Rawlings died Thursday morning at the Korle-Bu University Hospital in Accra, where he had been admitted a week earlier. President Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Mahama have announced the temporary suspension of their election campaigns, ahead of 7 December polls.

Photo: Former President of Ghana and African Union special envoy for Somalia, Jerry Rawlings. Copyright The Africa Report

Rawlings led Ghana from 1981 to 2001. A former lieutenant in the Ghanaian Air Force, he participated in his first military coup in May 1979. His attempt failed, and he was arrested but later released a few weeks by a group of fellow officers, launching his political career.

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