Presidential clashes: Four African countries where successors and predecessors fell out

Nii Ntreh January 22, 2020
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L-R: Jerry Rawlings, Barack Obama, Evans Atta Mills and John Kufour. Photo Credit: Twitter

Jerry Rawlings and Evans Atta Mills in Ghana

Ghana’s longest-serving leader, Jerry Rawlings, has the unique character of falling out with all but one of the people who have led the country after him.

Incidentally, Rawlings, at points in both his military and civilian leadership, employed the services of former president Evans Atta Mills (as vice-president), John Kufuor (as a minister) and John Mahama (another minister).

Current president Nana Akufo-Addo was never in the service of a Rawlings government and ironically, the two are on better terms than those who were in Rawlings’ employ.

The worst of the fallouts was with Mills, who Rawlings specifically chose as his preferred successor. Rawlings would later have a bitter disagreement with Mills’ leadership style.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: January 22, 2020


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