Jerry John Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings (22 June 1947 – 12 November 2020) was a Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979. He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana. Rawlings 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. After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC). In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian Constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.
Rawlings: NDC must clean-up or risk 2016
Rawlings: Support Mahama in fighting corruption
Rawlings pays tribute to Awoonor
Rawlings pays tribute to Prof Awoonor
Rawlings sends message of condolence to Kenya
Rawlings, wife congratulate Muslims
Rawlings decries persecution of Morsi
Rawlings urges justices of Supreme Court to satisfy all with ruling
Rawlings’ office disowns ‘twisted’ news report
Corrupt politicians must pay for their sins – Rawlings
Rawlings: Democracy should reflect Africa’s Culture
Rawlings praises Martin Amidu
Rawlings in Abuja for conference on Emerging Democracies
Kufuor, Mills took Ghana backwards - Rawlings
June 4: Rawlings to address cadres Monday
Rawlings' office announces June 4 Anniversary programme
Rawlings canvasses political solution to Syria conflict
Rawlings calls on Mahama, Goodluck to strengthen democracy
Empower women to achieve their dreams - Mrs Rawlings
Where is President Rawlings’s autobiography?
JJ Rawlings honoured in Congo
All must work towards peace - Rawlings, Kufuor declare
Rawlings on peace mission