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Quaiqu Ananse
24th July 2012, 05:27 PM
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Ghana's President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly, a presidential statement said, and an aide said his death occurred on Tuesday after he took ill on Monday night.

The death of the president of the world's No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before Mills was due to stand for re-election at the helm of the West African country that posted double-digit growth in 2011 and has been praised for its strong democracy in a turbulent region.

"It is with a heavy heart...that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana," a statement sent to Reuters by the president's office said.

It said that Mills, 68, 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, who oversaw the start of oil production in Ghana, returned from medical checks in the United States several weeks ago.

Q' lypse
24th July 2012, 05:40 PM
shocking. just heard

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
24th July 2012, 06:19 PM
May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace and may the wolves within and without the government all get theirs according to their nefarious deeds.

May PEACE prevail in GHANA !

Neo
24th July 2012, 06:24 PM
Prof John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana is dead according to reliable information reaching us

His death occurred at the 37 Military hospital in Accra on Tuesday afternoon.

Prof John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was born on 21st July 1944 and was Sixty Eight-years-old (68-years-old).

He was the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and was inaugurated on the 7th of January 2009, having defeated the ruling party's candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.

He was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry John Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He recently returned from a nine day medical check-up in the United States.

Prior to his trip to the U.S of A on June 16th, questions had been asked about the whereabouts of the president after he had not been seen in public for close to two weeks whilst communal violence ravaged parts of the country.

After a successful routine medical checkup in New York, H.E the President of the Republic of Ghana arrived home at about 12:45pm on Monday 25th June, 2012 to a rousing welcome.

Before his departure to the USA, President Mills quashed rumours of his death when he addressed the media. He also stated that he is going for a “routine check-up” and will be “away for a few days.”

In a formal notice to Parliament, President Mills said he will be away in the US until June 25, 2012.

Details of the Presidential notice were read to MP’s during Tuesday's sitting of the House by the first Deputy Speaker, Hon Edward Doe Adzaho, who presided over proceedings.

The President’s letter read: “In accordance with Article 59 of the Constitution of Ghana, I write to inform you that I shall be away in the US from Saturday, 16 June to Monday 25 June, 2012 for a routine medical check-up.

“During my absence the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama, shall in accordance with Article 60 (8) of the Constitution act in my stead. Kindly accept, Right Honourable the assurances of my highest consideration.

Signed

Prof. John Evans Atta Mills,

President of the Republic of Ghana.

This was his last letter to parliament prior to his “routine check-up” in the United States of America.

Condolences to all Ghanaians and his family from GhanaVillage.com.



Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

Neo
24th July 2012, 06:28 PM
Oh Charlie. May his soul rest in peace. Sad news.

Quaiqu Ananse
24th July 2012, 06:30 PM
may his soul rest in perfect peace and may the wolves within and without the government all get theirs according to their nefarious deeds.

amen

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
24th July 2012, 06:43 PM
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U.S. President Barack Obama met with Mills when he visited Ghana in July 2009. Obama praised Ghana as a model for democracy and stability when Mills visited Washington this year.


"Ghana has become a wonderful success story economically on the continent," Obama said. "In part because of the initiatives of President Mills, you've seen high growth rates over the last several years. Food productivity and food security is up. There's been strong foreign investment."

Quophi Aletse
24th July 2012, 07:15 PM
Uncre attah, thanks for ur services and may u journey on in peace and love.

MegaMeister
24th July 2012, 10:48 PM
Indeed a sad day for Ghanaians. YOU DON't KNOW WHAT YOU'VE GOT TILL IT'S GONE.:sorrow:

RIP

Fashion Yaa
25th July 2012, 04:39 PM
so heart breaking....I mean how!
my heart goes out to his wife the First Lady of Ghana Naadu Mills, I think she knew him best

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
25th July 2012, 07:44 PM
Ghanaian comedians have lost a treasure trough of priceless comedy. No more "ECOMINI" :grief: :sorrow:

MegaMeister
31st July 2012, 08:15 AM
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Ghana to observe a minute silence at 2:15 for President Mills
Ghana is expected to go silent at exactly 2:15 this afternoon to mark exactly a week after the passing of our late President, John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.