Ghana: Former President Jerry John Rawlings dies at aged 73

The former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has died at the age of 73, the National Democratic Congress party said on Thursday.

Ghana: Former President Jerry John Rawlings dies at aged 73

The 73-year-old died after a short illness, according to Ghanaian media. He served as president of the country for roughly two decades up to 2001.

John Mahama, Ghana's president from 2012 to 2017, who is seeking a return to power in next month's elections, wrote on Twitter that he was suspending his campaign "following news of the passing of our Founder and former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings."

Rawlings, who seized power twice via military coups, was admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana's capital, Accra, last week after suffering from a brief illness, the state-owned newspaper Daily Graphic reported on its website.