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Rawlings and the Provisional National Defense Council

June 4, 1979

Rawlings and his colleagues suspended the 1979 constitution, dismissed the President and cabinet, dissolved the Parliament, and proscribed existing political parties. They established the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), initially composed of seven members with Rawlings as chairman, to exercise executive and legislative powers. The existing judicial system was preserved, but alongside it the PNDC created the National Investigation Committee to root out corruption and other economic offenses; the anonymous Citizens’ Vetting Committee to punish tax evasion; and the Public Tribunals to try various crimes.