Ghana’s President John Atta Mills dies

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Ghana’s President John Atta Mills who was was suffering from throat cancer has died at a hospital in the capital Accra.

The 68 year old died a few hours after he was taken ill on Tuesday afternoon, a statement released from the office of the President stated without giving more details.

“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.

A presidential aide said Mr Atta Mills had complained of suffering pains on Monday evening. He had returned to Ghana after visting the US for medical checks, the news agency says.

Mr. Mills came to power after narrowly winning against a candidate from the then ruling New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, in polls in December 2008.

The outgoing president at the time John Kufuor stepped down after he had served the two four-year terms as required by the country’s  constitution.

Vice-President John Dramani Mahama was due to be sworn in as president at 6pm according to Ghana’s constitution.

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