25 Jul 2012

Death of president

8:35 am on 25 July 2012

President John Atta Mills of Ghana has died. He had throat cancer.

Vice president John Dramani Mahama is being sworn in as acting president.

Mr Mills, 68, served as vice-president to former military ruler Jerry Rawlings between 1997 - January 2001.

According to a presidential aide, he had complained of pains on Monday evening and died in hospital in Accra on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Mills came to power after narrowly winning against a candidate from the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, in December 2008. It was his third attempt to win the presidency.

His predecessor, John Kufuor, stepped down after having served the maximum permitted two four-year terms.