President Akufo-Addo of Ghana issued a statement on November 12 announcing that former President Jerry John Rollins died of illness in the capital on the morning of November 12 local time. Akufo-Addo said that from November 13 to November 20, local time, Ghana will lower the flag at half-mast across the country for a week of mourning.
The president and vice president will also suspend political activities during this period. The Ghanaian government will work closely with the Rollins family to arrange a suitable state funeral for the former president.
Jerry John Rollins was born in 1947. He is a well-known military and political leader in Ghana. He has staged three coups and succeeded twice. From 1981 to 1992, Rollins led the interim military government, and then served as two-term elected president from January 1993 to January 2001.
Rollins ruled Ghana for more than 20 years, and his outstanding political achievements made Ghana take off the title of least developed country and won the support of the people. After stepping down as president in 2001, he devoted himself to the cause of peace and development on the African continent.