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Obama mourns death of Ghanaian president

07-25-2012 05:45 BJT

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday mourned the death of his Ghanaian counterpart John Evans Atta Mills, praising his role in Ghana's development.

"It was with great regret that I learned of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana," Obama said in a statement, recalling his trip to the West African nation in 2009 and his hosting of Mills at the White House early this year.

"President Mills tirelessly worked to improve the lives of the Ghanaian people. He helped promote economic growth in Ghana in the midst of challenging global circumstances and strengthened Ghana's strong tradition of democracy," Obama said.

"Under his leadership, the United States and Ghana deepened our partnership in the promotion of good governance and economic development," he added.

Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as new president hours after Mills' death at the age of 68.

Mills had a nine-day medical check-up in the United States last month.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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