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General News of Friday, 10 August 2012

Source: XYZ

Mills' Funeral Day 3 Updates: Families pay their final respects

As the late President John Evans Atta Mills' days on earth reduces to a matter of hours, RadioXYZonline.com brings you updates of the significant activities to mark the day of his interment at the Geese Park.

At the State House, the military and the police are preparing to escort the remains of the late President Mills to the Independence Square where the final funeral ceremony is expected to take place.

06:00AM: Family of late President Mills have entered the banquet to pay their very final respect to their son

07:00AM: Officials of the National Democratic Congress have also gone in to see the remains of the former President before the casket is brought.

07:17AM: The Independence Square is virtually full as members of the general public make their way to the stands

07:18AM: A military helicopter is flying around the State House as the casket of the President is prepared.

07:19AM: President Gnasingbe of Togo goes to pay his last respect with a a delegation. He describe the late President as a great statesman.

07:20AM: A delegation from Sudan have been to view the remains of the President. Head of delegation congratulates Ghanaians for the democratic credentials

07:30AM: Traditional leaders also pay the final respects before the body is conveyed to the Independence

07:55AM: The military guard have taken their positions infront of the Banquet Hall as the cortege prepares to move to the Independence Square.

07:80AM: The horses and their riders who will lead the cortege have also taken their positions.

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08:17AM: President Allassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast speaks to the press after paying his last respect. He describes President Mills as a great leader and a friend of Ivory Coast.