Ghana Begins Three Days Funeral Rites For John Atta Mills


ACCRA  (AFP) – Ghana began three days of funeral rites for late president John Atta Mills on Wednesday, with his body to lie in state ahead of his burial to be attended by foreign dignitaries including Hillary Clinton.

The death of Mills on July 24, five months ahead of polls in which he was to seek re-election, threw the West African nation into mourning and upended the presidential campaign in a country that recently joined the ranks of the world’s significant oil producers.


An official cause of death has not been given, though there have been unconfirmed reports that he suffered from throat cancer.

A state funeral service and burial will be held on Friday, with Mills’ body to lie in state at the parliamentary complex in the capital Accra beginning at 12:00 pm (1200 GMT) on Wednesday.

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