GHANA: Jerry Who?

A coup before civilian rule

Residents of Accra were startled last week when a low-flying jet trainer zoomed over government-built skyscrapers in the Ghanaian capital. People in villages as far as 400 miles away were later treated to the same unusual sight. The pilot of the plane was Flight Lieut. Jerry Rawlings, 33. The madcap buzzing was his way of announcing that the fourth coup in the country's 22 years as an independent nation had apparently succeeded.

Rawlings' overthrow of the military junta headed by Lieut. General Frederick Akuffo, who came to power by toppling General Ignatius Acheampong last year, was...

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