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How Jerry Rawlings used democratic structures to legitimise military rule

By Paul Emiljanowicz, Lecturer, African History and Politics, McMaster University
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The late Jerry Rawlings led two coups in Ghana before twice being elected president in multiparty polls. Whether you associate him with anti-imperialism, democracy or political violence, the fact is that he was able to retain military and popular control of Ghana for over 20 years.

Rawlings took power in a military coup on 31 December 1981, deposing…

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