Skooter reporting 07/25/12
President John Atta Mills of Ghana, who won world wide praise for presiding over a stable model democracy in Africa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday and his vice-president John Dramani Mahama, 53, was immediately sworn in to take over the presidency at the controls of the oil, gold and cocoa producer.
Mills had just marked his 68th birthday on Saturday and his sudden death came months before he was slated to stand for re-election in December as head of the world's No. 2 cocoa grower, which is also a major African gold producer.
The president had complained of pains on Monday evening and had died early on Tuesday afternoon when condition got worst, a presidential aide, who asked not to be named, said.