Sunday, May 26, 2013 03:09
Ellen Pays Tribute To Fallen Ghanaian President
Story by Alva M. Wolokolie
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended her condolences to Ghanaians over the death of their President Professor John Atta Mills. Signing the Book of Condolence yesterday at the Embassy of Ghana in Sinkor, Monrovia, President Sirleaf recalled the strong role Mr. Mills played during various regional meetings both of them attended.
The Liberian leader told reporters that she will miss Professor Mills for his integrity and his level of moderation. She has already disclosed that she will be attending the funeral service and burial of the fallen President.
President Sirleaf later lauded the people of Ghana for the smooth transition that has taken place ahead of the December 2012 General Elections.
Ghana's President John Atta Mills died on Tuesday July 24, 2012, in hospital in the capital, Accra while undergoing medication. He was diagnosed with throat cancer.
A statement from his office said the 68-year-old died few hours after his ailment, but did not give details. John Dramani Mahama, his Vice President was sworn in as his replacement in a ceremony on the same day in Accra. Mr. Atta Mills had ruled the West African country since 2009.
This is the first time that a president has died while in office in Ghana. In a country hailed as a solid democracy, John Atta Mills' sudden death should not spark a political crisis but will certainly test the country's democratic institutions.