President John Atta Mills funeral held in Ghana
Tens of thousands of people in the Ghanaian capital Accra have attended the state funeral for President John Atta Mills, who died suddenly in July.
Some 18 African heads of state and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton witnessed the ceremony in Accra’s Independence Square.
Mills, who had long suffered from throat cancer, died only five months before he was set to seek re-election.
A BBC reporter in Accra says his death has united Ghanaians in grief.
She says his death was seen as a test for the country’s young democracy.
Mills, who started a four-year term in January 2009, was succeeded by Vice-President John Dramani Mahama.
Ghana has won international plaudits for the swift manner in which it handled the transition in a nation known for its divisive politics.
Pictured: The BBC’s Vera Kwakofi says it is a sad and traumatic day for Ghanaians