Hillary Clinton arrives in Ghana

2012-08-10 07:49
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP)

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Accra - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Ghana on Thursday to attend the funeral of president John Atta Mills as she neared the end of a 10-day African tour.

Clinton landed in the capital Accra after visiting Nigeria, where she held talks with President Goodluck Jonathan and urged him to push ahead with reforms as his country faces a deadly Islamist insurgency.

Mills, who died on 24 July, five weeks ahead of polls in which he was to seek re-election, is to be buried on Friday. Some 16 heads of state and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

Clinton was also to hold talks with John Mahama, Mills' former vice president who was sworn in to replace him hours after his death.

Ghana is seen as a bastion of democracy in often turbulent West Africa.

US President Barack Obama chose the country for his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president in 2009.

The US secretary of state is also expected to briefly visit Benin on Friday, the last stop of her African tour. She has also visited Senegal, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

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