|Ghana’s President John Atta Mills dies|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 00:00|
Ghanaian President John Atta Mills has died. He was 68.
“It is with a heavy heart . . . that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the President of the Republic of Ghana,” the statement said.
hospital in Accra, says Mr Atta Mills’ voice had been degenerating in the last few months.
According to the Ghanaian Constitution, Vice-President John Dramani Mahama is to take over as interim leader. Presidential elections are set for December in a country seen as a rare example of stable democracy in West Africa.
The late president had recently travelled to the United States for what had been described as a routine medical check-up.
The primary nomination represented the first time in the country’s history that a sitting president competed for his own party’s nomination.
Ghana recently joined the ranks of the world’s large-scale oil producers.
A Western-educated university professor specialising in taxation, President Atta Mills served as the country’s vice-president from 1996 to 2000.