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General News of Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Our adversity would be turned into opportunity - Mahama

President John Mahama in his first day in office as president has led cabinet into prayer as was the tradition of the late president John Mills.

Ministers, senior party officials, clad in red and black were in a somber mood, some still crying and shocked about the death of the president, Joy News Presidential Correspondent Seth Kwame Boateng reported.

Press men were allowed into the cabinet meeting at least for the opening prayer.

The president prayed that this adversity that has hit the country shall be turned into opportunity for the masses of Ghanaians, Kwame Boateng reported.

Flags were flying at half mast as directed by the president shortly after he was sworn-in, as other castle workers sob in pain over the death of the late president.

President John Mahama has cancelled his day’s activities, including a trip to Tamale.

Elsewhere, Parliament has adjourned prematurely to pay respect to the late president.

Majority Leader Cletus Avoka who moved the motion in Parliament said members were not in the right mood to conduct proceedings of the house.

The atmosphere was no different at the Castle as MPs mourn the shocking death of the president.

Joy News’ Francisca Forson who is stationed at the residence of the late president said there was very little activity with few people in front of his Regimanuel estate residence.

Quite unusual, however, was the heavy security at the residence, she reported.

Hannah Odame of Joy news said supporters with red arm bands have besieged the NDC Head quarters with devastation written all over their faces.

Meanwhile the party has released a statement asking all supporters to remain calm.

Signed by the General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia the statement said the National Executive Council of the party will meet to discuss the funeral arrangement.