Fred Akuffo

Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, called Fred Akuffo (* 21. March 1937 in Akropong; † 26. June 1979 in Accra) was from 1978 to 1979 a head of state of Ghana.

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after the school attendance it occurred 1957 the army of Ghana and visited from 1958 to 1960 the military academy Sandhurst. it belonged to 1961 to the contingent of Ghana during the UN-mission in the Congo. It ascended in the military hierarchy and in the meantime to instruction courses in Great Britain and India was sent. 1975 it became member since 1972 of the junta governing under guidance of Ignatius Kutu Acheampong supreme Military Council.

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Akuffo was a general staff boss, as Acheampong to 5. June 1978 was fallen in a palace revolt by its colleagues. He became its successor as chairman of the junta and in such a way the head of state of Ghana. Contrary to his predecessor was to be co-operated Akuffo ready with the International Monetary Fund. To the measures a drastic devaluation of the Cedi , about what the last civil government had fallen 1972, as well as a strong reduction of the budget deficit belonged. Immediately after its Mach assumption it arranged the release of most political prisoners and promised the corruption, which was so far accused to the military government, to fight effectively. In addition a new condition and the holding were assured by elections in June 1979. While on the one hand the international assistance for Ghana was again accepted continued to worsen the economic situation of the country first and Akuffos government with strikes and demonstrations was confronted.


a first Putschversuch of Jerry Rawlings against it failed in May 1979. After the successful Putsch of Rawlings to 4. June 1979 Akuffo, which shot both other ex heads of state Afrifa and Acheampong as well as five further high officers under martial law, became. Over the exact death date there are deviating data (26. or 30. June 1979).

President John Agyekum Kufuor arranged in April 2001 to make the corpses possible of the shooting to exhumieren around the families a tidy funeral.

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