Ghana Ailing Leaders

By IndepthAfrica
Aug 10th, 2012
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A Ghanaian soldier stands guard in front of the portrait of late Ghanaian President, Johns Evans Atta Mills in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The rumors started to swirl around Ghana in June: President John Atta Mills was ill, maybe too sick to seek re-election, and he was going abroad to seek medical treatment. Some radio stations went so far as to prematurely report his death. Eager to deny the speculation, Atta Mills jogged at the airport upon his return in a display of his vigor. The following month, though, the 68-year-old was dead. Many lined up in the capital, Accra, where his body was laid in a casket draped in the national colors of red, yellow and green on Wednesday to pay their respects before his burial Friday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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