Atta Mills, John Evans

Atta Mills, John Evans,

1944–2012, Ghanaian lawyer, government official, and political leader, grad Univ. of Ghana (1967), London School of Economics (LL.M., 1968), School of Oriental and African Studies, London (Ph.D., 1971), Stanford Law School (Fulbright Scholar, 1971, Ph.D.). He taught law at the Univ. of Ghana (1971–91) and was Ghana's tax commissioner (1986–96); he also wrote several books on economic and tax matters. A member of the National Democratic Congress, he was selected as Jerry RawlingsRawlings, Jerry John
(Jeremiah John Rawlings), 1947–, Ghanaian political leader. Of Scottish and Ghanaian descent, Rawlings attended military schools throughout his early life, becoming a skilled pilot and achieving the rank of flight lieutenant.
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's running mate before the 1996 presidential elections and became Ghana's vice president. Rawlings's chosen successor, Atta Mills ran for president in 2000 and 2004, but lost both times to John KufuorKufuor, John Kofi Agyekum,
1938–, Ghanaian political leader. A lawyer educated at Lincoln's Inn, London, and Oxford, he served in Ghana's parliament (1969–72, 1979–81) between periods of military rule and was detained after the coups of 1972 and 1981.
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. He won the presidency in 2008 after narrowly defeating Nana Akufo-Addo in a runoff, and died while in office. He was succeeded by Vice President John Dramani MahamaMahama, John Dramani
, 1958–, Ghanaian political leader, grad. Univ. of Ghana, Legon (1981, 1986), Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow (1988). A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahama was elected to parliament in 1996, serving (1998–2001) as
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.