Ghana president, who was with Meles on May 18, died suddenly |
Reuters | July 24, 2012
Editor's Note - Ghana's President John Atta Millls, who was on May 18, 2012, with Meles Zenawi when the latter was struck by the defeaning chants of freedom by journalist Abebe Gellaw, has died suddenly. While the people of Ghana have been informed right away about the death of their president, the Ethiopian people remain in the dark about the fate of Meles Zenawi, who is believed to have either died or is in a coma in a Brussels hospital. It is no brainer to conclude the Meles Zenawi regime is resented as a mercenary class in control of state power in Ethiopia.
The death of the president of the world's No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before Mills was due to stand for re-election at the helm of the West African country that posted double-digit growth in 2011 and has been praised for its strong democracy in a turbulent region.
"It is with a heavy heart...that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana," a statement sent to Reuters by the president's office said.
It said that Mills, 68, died a few hours after being taken ill but no further details were given.
A presidential aide, who asked not to be named, said the president had complained of pains on Monday evening and died early on Tuesday afternoon when his condition worsened.
Mills, who oversaw the start of oil production in Ghana, returned from medical checks in the United States several weeks ago.
(Reporting by Kwassi Kpodo; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Michael Roddy)
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