Former President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana has died of coronavirus-related complications.
According to multiple reports from Ghanaian media, the former President died at the age of 73, 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 PUNCH reported that 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 May 15, 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place and 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.