Ghana's John Dramani Mahama promises stability

  • Ghana's new President John Mahama has vowed to maintain stability following the death of his 68-year-old predecessor John Atta Mills.

    Mahama, 53, was sworn in several hours after the president died at a hospital in the capital Accra.

    The opposition has hailed the speedy transition, saying it indicated Ghana had grown into a mature democracy.

    Atta Mills, who suffered from throat cancer, had governed since 2009 and was planning to run for a second term in elections in December.

    Under his leadership, Ghana became one of the world’s major oil producers.