Ghana’s former President, Mr. Jerry Rawlings is 66 years today. The former Pilot and Military Leader, who later won two elections and became President at the start of the country’s fourth Republic, was born on June 22, 1947.
He won both the 1992 and 1996 Presidential elections after having led the Provincial National Defence Council’s military junta for over a decade.
The PNDC took power from President Hilla Limann on December 31, 1981.
Prior to the PNDC era, Mr. Rawlings, together with some junior officers, took power in a bloody coup on June 4, 1979 under the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council.
He had been arrested a few weeks earlier in a foiled coup attempt on May 15 that same year, but got rescued by his colleague junior officers.
Mr. Rawlings, who founded the governing National Democratic Congress, is a staunch anti-corruption campaigner who has been relentless in touting his principles of probity, accountability and social justice both home and abroad.