Tuesday, July 24, 2012


It sounds like those rumours that run wild on the net but this time its true that Ghanian president John Atta Mills, who won international praise as leader of a stable model democracy in Africa, died suddenly on Tuesday. "It is with a heavy heart ... that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana," a statement by the president's office said.

Mills, who celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday, died a few hours after being taken ill, but no further details were given. A presidential aide, who asked not to be named, said the president had complained of pains on Monday evening and died early on Tuesday afternoon when his condition worsened.
Mills had returned from medical checks in the United States a few weeks ago.
 Trained as a lawyer and taxation expert,
Ghana's election commission said December's presidential and parliamentary elections would go ahead as planned.
"The election calendar remains unchanged – it's purely a party matter," election chief Kwadwo Afari-Gyan told Reuters, explaining that it was up to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to find a candidate to replace Mills.

Mills had served as vice-president to President Jerry Rawlings, a fiery former coup leader, who stood down in 2000 after two elected terms under the democratic constitution Rawlings himself had introduced.
Mills's 2008 victory was his third attempt at the presidency. He had lost twice to John Kufuor in elections in 2000 and 2004.

 Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has taken the presidential oath of office just hours after officials announced the country's leader had died.