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August 9, 2012

Ghana begins the three-day Mourning of Late President Mills

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Late Ex President John Evans Atta Mills

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Although he was expected by Ghanaians to mount the 2012 campaigning platform for his party, the National Democratic Congress, John Evans Atta Mills died on July 24, about five months before the elections. He left behind his wife, now former first lady Ernestina Naadu Mills, a marriage counsellor; and their son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. He was 68.

As he lies in state at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, some sects of the media over the past few days continue to query the actual cause of his death, and if indeed he died at the 37 Military Hospital as initially reported.

Mills, Ghana’s first president to die in office, will be mourned for three days starting yesterday, and given a state and military burial.

The first batch of mourners to file past the mortal remains of the late leader include the newly sworn in President John Dramani Mahama, Vice President Kwesi Ammisah-Authur, and their spouses; Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, Atta Mills’ widow; and Sam Kofi Atta Mills, his son.


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