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Jerry Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings) ruled Ghana as a military dictator 1981-1992 and then as the first elected president of the Fourth Republic, 1993-2001. He initially took power in a coup d'état, but in the 1990s following sustained political and economic pressure from international institutions and governments began a process of economic and then political liberalization. He founded the National Democratic Congress which won the 1992 general election. He took office in 1993, and was re-elected in 1997.
Rawlings appeared on the Ghanaian political scene on May 15, 1979, leading a mutiny by group of junior officers in the Ghana Air Force, which resulted in his arrest and imprisonment. He was court-martialled in public and sentenced to death. Before he could be executed, another group of junior Ghana army officers broke Rawlings out of prison and demanded that he lead the June 4 uprising that had engulfed the nation.
Before May 15, 1979, Ghana was returning to civilian rule, and general elections were scheduled. After the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) took over and conducted what it termed 'a housecleaning exercise,' where large sums of stolen government money were retrieved into government coffers and inflation was stabilized, the AFRC conducted an election won by Dr. Hilla Limann. Dr. Limann's civilian government was overthrown by Jerry Rawlings on December 31, 1981. Rawlings then installed the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government.
Rawlings retired from the Armed Forces and set up the National Democratic Congress. This party, with Rawlings as its candidate, won 58.3 % of the votes (the largest percentage won by a presidential candidate in Ghana's political history) in the 1992 elections. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed that the election was stolen, although international observers judged the elections "largely free and fair." In 1996, Rawlings won the general elections by 57 percent and elections were judged largely free and fair by international observers.
After two terms in office, barred by the constitution from standing in any election, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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President Jerry John Rawlings Slams Mahama
2014-07-05
In a 1 minute, 24 seconds video obtained byPeacefmonline.com, former President Rawlings was heard saying that “this morning when we arrived, I was asking what time the function would start and we were told…we were supposed to start at 10 o'clock.
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    I look forward to vaccinate 1000 Ghanaians – Okyeame Kwame
    2014-07-04
    Prior to this, there is going to be the “Celebrity Car Wash” on the July 20, 2014, 8 am at the Cahaya Car Spa in East Legon, opposite former president Jerry John Rawlings' house. The Celebrity Car Wash is an initiative by Okyeame Kwame to have himself ...
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    1. Okyeame Kwame begs for GH₵50000

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    Rawlings condemns conviction of Al Jazeera Reporters
    2014-06-25
    Rawlings condemns conviction of Al Jazeera Reporters. Comments ( 0 ). Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has condemned the conviction of the three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt. President Rawlings, in a statement, described the seven to 10-year ...
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    1. When Rawlings Talks of Press Freedom

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    Former President Rawlings Condemns Conviction of Al Jazeera Reporters
    2014-06-24
    Former President Rawlings Condemns Conviction of Al Jazeera Reporters. Comments ( 0 ). Former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, has condemned the conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt. President Rawlings in a statement described the ...
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      What June 4th Means to Me
      2014-06-19
      31, 1981, the leader of the AFRC rebellion, then-Flt.-Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, has not hesitated to self-righteously underscore annually, that “June 4th,” as he fondly labels it, was about “House-cleaning,” or the radical eradication and thorough ...
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        Rawlings On Black Stars
        2014-06-11
        Former President Jerry John Rawlings, says a little more determination is what the Black Stars require to win the World Cup in Brazil. The former President said Africa and the world saw how competent the Stars were in the last African Cup tournament ...
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        1. Rawlings: Determination is key to Black Stars' success
        2. Rawlings: Heightened Determination Is Key To Stars' Success
        3. Rawlings wills Black Stars to determine more

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        Rawlings Wept At June Four Anniversary
        2014-06-10
        It will be recalled that Jerry Rawlings ended his prophetic speech by saying that God will not help you and the big man will not help you, because his stomach is full, his children's stomachs are full and there is enough for them to go and come as they ...
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        1. Nana Konadu Relaunches NDP

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        Rawlings is a political 'armed robber' – NPP guru
        2014-06-08
        Jerry John Rawlings Face. Immediate Past Youth Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party [NPP] Emmanuel Attefuah Danso has accused former President Jerry Rawlings of robbing Ghanaians of their resources through his revolution on June 4, 1979.
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        1. June 4 Revolt… “A Political Armed Robbery” By Rawlings

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        Rawlings must give us a break - Kwabena Agyarko
        2014-06-05
        The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kwabena Agyarko has described as unfortunate former President Jerry Rawlings' unwarranted attacks on his successor, ex-president John Agyekum Kufuor. He said ...
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