President of Ghana dies
John Evans Atta Mills
July 24th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

President of Ghana dies

The president of the West African nation of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills, has died, the president's chief of staff said in a statement Tuesday.

He died at a military hospital Tuesday afternoon, the statement said.

Mills was a former law professor and served as Ghana's vice president from 1997 to 2000. He ran for president unsuccessfully in 2000 and 2004 before winning the election in 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Mills when he visited Ghana in July 2009. Obama praised Ghana as a model for democracy and stability when Mills visited Washington this year.

"Ghana has become a wonderful success story economically on the continent," Obama said. "In part because of the initiatives of President Mills, you've seen high growth rates over the last several years. Food productivity and food security is up. There's been strong foreign investment."

Part of a former British colony, Ghana was among the first African countries to gain its independence, in 1957. It endured a series of coups before a military dictator, Jerry Rawlings, took power in 1981. Rawlings led Ghana through the transition to democracy about 10 years later.

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  1. Ammby

    R.I.P presidant mills may god blec his soul.. My condolences to famly and all Ghana people...

    July 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pearl. S

    very very sad news and truly unfortunate. R.I.P Mr. President. You would forever be remembered for your great personality.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joseph asante boafo

    PRESIDENT ATTA MILLS MAY U SOUL R.I.P I AM VERY SAD U ARE A GREAT LEADER

    July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Albert Addai-Sarfo

    Very sad day for Ghana. It's always sad when someone passes away. Rest In Peace President. May your soul rest in perfect peace. You served your country to the best of your ability.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Makama

    He was a great leader. Ghanaians & Africa at large have lost a great personality. Adeus Mr President.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MacERIC BATSA

    My condolence to my fellow Ghanaians.There is a big lessons I learnt as a Ghanaian.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HIDE BEHIND

    Well maybe the US flags should be lowered to half staff,after all the United States pays FOR 50 % OF Ghanas national expenses.
    MR. Mills did lead a peacefull nation and actually while the natio al evonomy sucks foreign investments are making out like bandits
    Its military is well funded but is more apart of US military than national in extant, right down to those grom Ghana can and many are part of Both their military and our National Guard units.
    There is not one mineral or energy source left in country for locals to extract as it is all foreign leased, at very low rates.
    It under Mr. Mills reduced soze and cost of military and then got US to not pnly increase it but to pay for almost all of itMr mills got Europes. and US special guel hub status and is regional center for emergency strike force.
    Mr. Mills was indeed a most superb political leader, andd employment and with Nestles help its vocoa exports remain strong and the numbers of people employed. with U S Corps can look for yet a little while to job security.
    His replacement may as well be a clone so while some special interest within nation send their kids and self around the world the money flowing out of nation will ensure many more years of welfare to Ghanians no matter where they live, even those in our National Guard Barracks.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEAP FORWARD

      Your post makes no sense. I can tell English is not your native languge.

      Ghana has lost a great man. Do not listen to anti-american rhetoric from someone who doesn't know anything about us.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Ghana

    Im a citizen of Ghana but i have never seen the president before but may his soul REST IN PERFECT PEACE...You will be remembered when i give birth to my kids in the near future and i will tell them your story as i was told the story of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.....R.I.P Mr. Presdooooo.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. proud native of ghana

    I hope ghanaians have learnt their lessons from this great loss

    July 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. anthony boakye

    Travel well Mr. President, may u rest in perfect peace.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sofa King

    Remember how he used to argue all the time with Archie Bunker?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ogundi

    wao!this is indeed a great loss for Ghana,Africa and the world @large.sir may ur gentle soul rest in peace

    July 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HIDE BEHIND

    Not anti US or GHANA, And I did not dispare Mr. Mills ability as a political leader, he got the people there a lotta bang for their bucks, which is no more than what a nations leader should do.
    Yet at a time in my nation when we have so many in desperate need. And when vast numbers of jobs are disappearing, with talks of cutbacks to our schools and elderly care, I do not agree with giving another nations people american dollars so that our corporates. can make billions

    Sorry but Ghana is a US welfare state and its currency without US backing would be worthless. and if you throw in the cost of what amounts to no more than a US mercenary force it is US that pays over 50% of all govrtnment cost.
    The Dovereign dtate of Ghana has np pff shore or on dhore energy rights to sell same goes for minerals. all are being extracted by foreign corps.
    While billions made in Ghanna flee the country and what comes next.
    No As I stated I cannot agree with american taxes paying for non americans lifestyles.. and the profits going into less than 2% of americans pockets.
    Not blaming anyone, that is just how world turns, you grab what you can and complain it ain't enough.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. E. V. Roberts

    Our nation is grieving the lost of a great but gentle soul. We thank you for all that you did for Ghana for the past three and half years. Your good deed will not go unnoticed. We vow to continue your great work. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Deyooooooooooooooooooooooooo ….Paa paa!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ HIDE BEHIND, good post @ 9:36 and i totally agree!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
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