24/07/2012 18:24:18
Décès du président ghanéen John Atta Mills
Le président ghanéen John Atta Mills est mort, annonce mardi un communiqué de la présidence.
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John Atta Mills

Le président ghanéen John Atta Mills est mort, annonce mardi un communiqué de la présidence.

"C'est le coeur lourd (...) que nous annonçons la mort soudaine et prématurée du président de la République du Ghana", lit-on dans le communiqué.

Le chef de l'Etat, qui était âgé de 68 ans, est décédé quelques heures après être tombé malade, indique le communiqué sans autre précision.

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 within a few hours of being taken ill.

The country's state-run television has confirmed news of his death.

Meanwhile, a presidential aide said Mills died on Tuesday afternoon after complaining of pains on Monday.

Mills celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday.

Last month, Mills visited the United States for what he described as a “routine medical check-up.” 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. He won in 2008 and became president the following year. He was planning to run for a second term in December.

As president, Mills oversaw the start of oil production in the country.

 

 

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