John Atta Mills

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John Atta Mills (photo used for campaign posters, 2008)

John Evans Atta Mills (born July 21, 1944 in Tarkwa , † July 24, 2012 in Accra ) was a Ghanaian politician . He was an ethnic fanatic and from 2009 until his death the president of his country.


John Evans Atta Mills was a lawyer and university professor. He studied law at the University of Ghana (Accra), the University of London in Great Britain and at Stanford Law School in the USA and received his doctorate on “Taxes and Development”. He taught law at the University of Ghana in Accra for 25 years.

From 1997 to 2001 Mills was Vice President under President Jerry Rawlings and was systematically built up by him as his successor. Mills had already run unsuccessfully as a candidate in the Ghanaian presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 . In 2000 he ran for the first time for president in Ghana as a candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). In this election, as in the next election in 2004, Mills was defeated by John Agyekum Kufuor in a runoff. After the first ballot, Kufuor received 48.8% of the vote, Mills received a total of 44.3% of the vote, especially in traditionally rural areas.

In the presidential election in early December 2008, Mills competed against Nana Akufo-Addo from the ruling New Patriotic Party . Akufo-Addo won the first ballot on December 7th, but missed an absolute majority. In the run-off election that followed, NDC politician Mills won with 50.23 percent of the vote, while Akufo-Addo only got 49.77 percent, according to the electoral commission in early January 2009.

Mills was married to a teacher and had a son. As an athlete, he was an active field hockey player and member of Ghana's national hockey team "Black Stars".

After Mills' death, the previous Vice President John Dramani Mahama took over the office temporarily until the new elections in December 2012.

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  1. Ghana's President John Atta Mills died, July 24, 2012
  2. ^ Profile of Atta Mills ( Memento of September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ),
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  4. See AFP : Opposition politician Atta-Mills becomes the new President of Ghana at, December 3, 2008