Ghana: Second Chance

Jerry Rawlings returns

With the help of the armed forces, former Flight Lieut. Jerry Rawlings, 34, was in power in Ghana last week for the second time in 2½ years. Rawlings overthrew the government of President Hilla Limann, 47, in whose favor he had withdrawn in September 1979. The dashing Rawlings, son of a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother, had seized command, he declared, because the previous government was led by "a pack of criminals" who were taking the West African nation "down to total economic ruin."

The coup was Ghana's fifth since the former British colony, once called the Gold...

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