Richmond Times-Dispatch

Jerry Rawlings dies; ex-Ghanaian president

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Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings, who staged two coups and later led the West African country’s transition to a stable democracy, has died, according to government Radio Ghana and the president. Rawlings was 73.

President Nana AkufoAddo said that Rawlings died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra, where he had been receiving treatment after a short illness.

“A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” he said in an official statement after sending condolence­s to the family and announcing that flags would fly at halfstaff for seven days as the nation prepares for a state funeral.

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