Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings passed away and was considered a charismatic figure, who seized power railing against corruption and was responsible for executing several former heads of state for their alleged graft and mismanagement. He ushered in a long period of political stability after a tumultuous series of coups in the 1960s and 1970s. Rawlings led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls. In 1981, he led a second coup and was the head of a military junta until introducing multi-party elections in 1992, when he was first elected president. He stepped down in 2001 after serving two terms but continued to wield a strong influence in the country.