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Ghanian President John Atta Mills dies

(Xinhua)

09:00, July 25, 2012

ACCRA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Ghanaians are mourning the death of president John Evans Atta Mills who died on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chief of Staff in the Presidency Henry Martey Newman announced that president Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital after being rushed there in the morning when his health deteriorated.

Xinhua correspondents at the hospital said there was a heavy presence of personnel from the Ghana Army as well as national security.

Crowds are beginning to gather at the hospital to ascertain the veracity of the news about the president's death.

Spokesperson of the president, Koku Anyidoho, and other high ranking party officials were also spotted at the hospital.

Some women were seen wailing while others looked perplexed, shocked and confused.

Meanwhile, reports say that Vice President John Dramani Mahama is to take over as interim leader and is expected to address the nation afterwards.

Mills returned from a nine day medical check-up in the United States on June 25th.

President John Evans Atta Mills was born on 21st July 1944. He was the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and was inaugurated on the 7th January, 2009.

He was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry John Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

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