Rawlingses: We Regret News Of Mills’ Death
The former first couple of Ghana, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings and Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, have expressed regret at news of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills.
President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on Tuesday at 14.15 GMT – three days after celebrating his 68th birthday.
The Office of the Chief of Staff informed President and Mrs. Rawlings of President Mills’ death.
The former first couple wishes to express their condolences to the family, a statement from the Office of ex-President Rawlings said.
The Rawlingses are currently in Brazzaville, Congo participating in activities marking the formal launch of Forbes Africa, at the invitation of President Denis Sassou N’Guesso.
According to the statement, President Rawlings will make a formal statement when he returns to Accra.
President Mills’ deputy, Vice-President John Dramani Mahama, has been sworn in as President and has declared seven days of national mourning where all flags are supposed to fly at half mast.
In his acceptance speech, President Mahama described former President Mills as “a father, a friend and a senior colleague.”