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Third LSE alumnus to become President of Ghana

Photograph of John Atta MillsFormer LSE student John Atta Mills, leader of the National Democratic Congress, has become President of Ghana. The 64 year old, who served as vice president from 1997-2000, completed an LLM at LSE in 1967-68.

He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo by a 50.23 per cent - 49.77 per cent vote in the 2008 election.

He is married with one child.

Former presidents of Ghana who also studied at LSE are Dr Kwame Nkrumah (below left), who was the country's first president from 1960-1966 and Hon Dr Hilla Limann (below right), who received a BSc in Economics in 1960 and was president from 1979-1981.

Photograph of Dr Kwame Nkrumah Photograph of Hon Dr Hilla Limann 

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Pictures of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Hon Dr Hilla Limann courtesy of the Ghana High Commission in the UK.

13 January 2009