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Picha za Mazishi ya Rais Atta Mills

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    Ghana mourns as President John Atta Mills is buried

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    World leaders and mourners gathered Friday in Accra for the funeral service of late Ghanaian president John Evans Atta Mills, who died at a military hospital on June 24 after a period of illness.

    Accra, Ghana (CNN) -- Thousands of mourners gathered Friday in the West African nation of Ghana to pay their respects to the late President John Atta Mills, as his funeral was held in the capital, Accra.

    Mills died last month at age 68, prompting outpourings of grief from many Ghanaians.

    Ghanaians from all walks of life, many dressed in the traditional black and red of mourning, thronged Independence Square in Accra to witness the ceremony, in a show of national unity.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among the many foreign dignitaries who traveled to Ghana for the funeral.

    Ghana's Deputy Minister of Information Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa said 67 foreign delegations were represented from all over the world.

    More than 15 heads of state, including almost all the West African leaders, attended the ceremony, which ended with the release of 100 doves into the air.

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    After the ceremony, the casket was laid to rest near Osu Castle, the seat of government where Mills had lived and worked since he became president.

    The late president's body was laid out for public viewing Wednesday and Thursday. Some of the visiting heads of state took turns to file past the body Friday morning.

    Giant screens were set up around the country for those who could not travel to Accra to watch the ceremony.

    One Ghanaian mourner at the funeral said he prayed for the sense of unity that has followed Mills' death to continue.

    "I'm confident we will have an even more peaceful election this December because most Ghanaians I have spoken to say they enjoy the atmosphere and will urge the politicians to keep it that way", he said.

    Mills died suddenly at a military hospital a few hours after becoming ill, his Chief of Staff John Henry Martey Newman said in a statement at the time. The president had denied rumors about his health for months before his death.

    John Dramani Mahama, formerly Ghana's vice president, was sworn in as the country's new president within hours of his death on July 24.

    Taking office, he paid tribute to Mills as a "prince of peace" who "brought a distinctive insight into Ghanaian politics."
    Mills, a former law professor and a tax expert, was Ghana's vice president from 1997 to 2000.

    He became president in 2009, narrowly winning a runoff vote, having unsuccessfully run for the top office in 2000 and 2004.
    Before his political career, he taught at the University of Ghana and also was a visiting lecturer at Temple University in Pennsylvania and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

    Mills' death came several days after he celebrated his 68th birthday. He had said he would run for re-election in December.
    U.S. President Barack Obama met with Mills when he visited Ghana in July 2009. Obama praised the country as a model for democracy and stability when Mills visited Washington this year, saying that it had become "a wonderful success story economically on the continent."

    British Prime Minister David Cameron described Mills as "a tireless defender of democracy in West Africa and across the continent."

    Part of a former British colony, Ghana was among the first African countries to gain independence, in 1957. It endured a series of coups before a military dictator, Jerry Rawlings, took power in 1981. Rawlings led Ghana through a transition to democracy about 10 years later.


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    The coffin of Mills is escorted Friday to the Independence Park in Accra for the funeral service. A military cortege conveyed Mills' body from the State House parliamentary complex, where it had lain in state since Wednesday, to Independence Square, where more than 10,000 people had gathered.


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    Ghana began three days of funeral rites for its late president on Wedneday. A man holds a supporter of the ruling National Democratic Congress in tears after viewing the body of Mills.


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    A mourner plays his drum amid a long queue of people gathered Thursday to pay respects to Ghana's late president.​
     
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    John Dramani Mahama, who was sworn in as Ghana's president after the death of Mills, and his wife arrive Wednesday to parliament to pay their respects.

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    Former Ghanaian president John Kufuor arrives to pay respect to Mills at the parliament in Accra on Wednesday.
     
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    A hearse carries the body of Mills Wednesday to Accra's parliament. The late president was a former law professor and a tax expert. He was Ghana's vice president from 1997 to 2000.


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    Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is escorted by Ghanaian foreign minister Muhammad Mumunis upon her arrival Thursday in Accra to attend the funeral.


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    Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan also arrived Thursday to Ghana, one of the many heads of state attending the burial of Mills.


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    Soldiers stand on a platform behind mourners queuing Thursday outside the parliament to pay tribute to Mills.​
     
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    Members and staff of Ghana's parliament arrive to pay their last respects to Mills on Wednesday.


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    Thousands of Ghanaians wearing their traditional black garb and red tops paid respects to their late president. Part of a former British colony, Ghana was among the first African countries to gain independence, in 1957.


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    newspaper vendor in Accra holds a copy a daily Wednesday featuring Mills on the front page. The president's death came several days after he celebrated his 68th birthday. He had said he would run for re-election in December.


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    Members of Ghana's parliament weep on hearing the news of Mills' sudden death on July 24.​
     
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    Tens of thousands of people have streamed into Ghana's capital, Accra, over the last three days to pay their respects to the late President John Atta Mills. He died on July 24, five weeks ahead of polls in which he was expected to seek re-election


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    Many people dressed in red and black, two colours traditionally associated with mourning in Ghana.


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    Before the service, many people queued for hours to see the body of the president as he lay in state. Mr Atta Mills died aged 68, he had long suffered from throat cancer.


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    Mr Atta Mills was often referred to as "The Prof" - a reference to his long academic career - and "Asumdwoehene", meaning prince of peace in the Twi language​
     
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    Some 18 African heads of state travelled to Ghana to attend the funeral. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also among the dignitaries present. Here she is being greeted by her Ghanaian counterpart, Foreign Minister Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni.​
     
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    Most of the traditional chiefs from the different ethnic groups of the country also went to Accra.


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    Many of the chiefs were accompanied by musicians beating funeral drums with personal messages of grief.


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    Ghana has won international plaudits for the swift manner in which it handled the transition in a nation known for its divisive politics. The BBC's Vera Kwakofi in Accra says the death has united Ghanaians in grief, and many are still in shock​
     
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