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August 10, 2012

Ghana buries the late president Mills

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After two days of mourning, the West African nation Ghana is giving its late president John Atta Mills a state and military burial today at Geese Park, a bird sanctuary, near the seat of government, Osu Castle, along the Atlantic Ocean.

His mortal remains, which were moved from the Banquet Hall in Accra, currently lie in a Ghana flag-draped casket at Ghana’s Independence Square (Black Star Square). An interdenominational burial ceremony is ongoing as thousands have gathered to bid him farewell.

Eighteen heads of state; President of the Ecowas Commission, Kadre Quedraogo; and Mrs. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State are among the dignitaries present for the ceremony.

The Chief Officiating Minister of the ceremony the Most Reverend Prof Emmanuel Asante, in an interview with Radio Ghana earlier, has congratulated Ghanaians for uniting to mourn the dead leader.

Mills is the first Ghanaian president to die in office. He was 68.


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