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Ghanaians to observe a minute silence Tuesday to honor Mills

07-30-2012 22:05 BJT

ACCRA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Ghanaians will observe a minute's silence Tuesday at 14:15 GMT in honor of late President John Evans Atta Mills, according to a statement by the Ministry for Information issued on Monday.

The minute observation will be done at the exact time President Mills passed away, said the directive signed by James Agyenim- Boateng, a deputy minister for Information.

"Wherever people find themselves throughout Ghana at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, they are to observe a minute's silence as directed and also say a prayer afterwards for the soul of President Atta Mills who worked selflessly towards bettering the lives of Ghanaians," the statement said.

Former President Mills, who was sworn in as the third president of Ghana in January 2009, died at the 37 Military Hospital last Tuesday while receiving medical attention after being suddenly taken ill a few hours earlier.

In line with Ghana's 1992 Constitution, Vice-President John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as head of state Tuesday evening, a few hours after the announcement of Mills' death.

The funeral of the former Ghanaian leader will be held from August 8-10 in Accra with several Heads of State and high-powered delegations across the world expected to attend the memorial service for the late president.

The Ghanaian government on Wednesday opened books of condolence for Mills.

The Funeral Planning Committee has set an August 1 deadline for individuals and organizations, both local and International, for submission of tributes in memory of the late Ghanaian leader.

"Tributes to be considered for the publications in the official funeral brochure should reach the planning committee, Office of Director of State Protocol, by close of work on Wednesday, August 1, 2012," said a release signed by Kofi Totobo Quakyi, chairman of the committee.

The President of the Republic of Benin, Thomas Yayi Boni, was in Ghana on Friday to commiserate with the wife of President Atta Mills, government, and people of Ghana on the loss of the Ghanaian leader.

Boni, who was the first foreign president to have visited Ghana after the death of the Ghanaian president, signed a book of condolence opened at the private residence of the former president before signing another one at the Banquette Hall of the State House.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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