In a short speech after he was sworn-in by the Chief Justice President John Mahama said “I lost a father, a friend and a senior colleague.”
According to him, the president died at 2:15 pm after a short illness.
In a sombre mood and a heavy heart, President Mahama on behalf of the government and the people of Ghana extended his condolences to the family of the late president.
He said Prof John Mills was a humble and modest person throughout his years public life and the finest tribute to give the late president is to maintain unity and stability in the party and country as a whole.
8:19 – Ghana’s president declares one week of morning with flags to fly at half mast in tribute to late President Atta Mills.
-Parliament is adjourned to tomorrow after the swearing in of John Mahama.
8:05 – John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in as Ghana’s president just hours after President John Atta Mills died.
8:08 – Chief Justice invited to swear in Vice President John Mahama as President.
Vice president takes the oath of allegiance.
8:03 – VP John Dramani Mahama enters into the Parliament
7:56 – Speaker declares Mr Atta Mills dead before the full house
7:50 – Speaker arrives Parliament.
Speaker of the house saying a prayer.
Parliament emergency sitting for the swearing-in of Vice-President John Mahama as president following the death of President Mills.
House Speaker Bamford-Addo prays.
It has become necessary to swear-in Vice-President Mahama as president in accordance with Article 60(6) of the constitution.
A minute silence.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Honourable members, I shall now invite the Majority and Minority to join me to receive the Vice-President from the lobby.
National Anthem being played.
Parliament is in a somber mood.
MPs are wearing black to signal they are mourning.
Chief Justice Georgina Wood administers oath.
Vice-President is sweeping while taking oath.