Ethiopian Review extends condolences to the family of President Mills and the people of Ghana.
President John Atta Mills was seating next to Meles Zenawi last May in Washington DC when Ethiopian journalist Abebe Gelaw gave Meles a heart attack. The difference between President Mills and Dictator Zenawi is that Mills is a democratically elected leader while Zenawi is a brutal tyrant whose hands are soaked with the blood of tens of thousands of Ethiopians.
(RT) — Ghanaian President John Atta Mills has died at the age of 68, a statement from the president’s office says. He has been serving as the west African nation’s president since 2009.
“It is with a heavy heart…that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,” the statement reads, as quoted by Reuters.
The statement also said the president passed away at a military hospital in the country’s capital Accra, within a few hours of being taken ill.
Chief of Staff John Henry Martey Newman addressed the nation in a televised broadcast, confirming news of the president’s death. State-run television channels GTV and TV3 broke into regular programing for the announcement.
Meanwhile, a presidential aide said Mills died on Tuesday afternoon after complaining of pains on Monday.
Vice President John Dramani Mahama is to be sworn as the country’s new president at 1800 GMT, a parliament official said.
Mills celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday.
Last month, Mills visited the United States for what he described as a “routine medical check-up.” He, [along with Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi,] also met with US President Barack Obama. Prior to his trip, he dismissed rumors regarding the state of his health.
A Western-educated university professor specializing in taxation, Mills served as the country’s vice president from 1996 to 2000. He was the leftist National Democratic Congress nominee for the presidency on three occasions: in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
In 2008, Mills won a closely contested election on a platform of change and greater economic equality.
As president, Mills oversaw the start of oil production in the country. He was planning to run for a second term in December.