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Ghana’s Ex Vice President Dies While Doing Exercise

Late Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

Former Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead, local media reported in the early hours of today, Friday. He was the country’s number two-man during the administration of ex-President, John Mahama.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Amissah-Arthur died today, Friday morning at the Air Force Base, where he had gone to do exercise. He was subsequently rushed to a Military hospital where he died shortly after.

The 67-year old had served as Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana between 2009 and 2012 during which time Ghana enjoyed about 30-month-long single digit inflation and a stable foreign exchange environment.

Amissah-Arthur was a lecturer at the Economic Department at the University of Ghana, Legon from 1980 to 1988. Alongside that he became a Special Assistant to the Former Secretary (Minister) for Finance, Kwesi Botchway from 1983 to 1986.

He subsequently rose to become a Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning from 1986 to 1997.

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Prior to becoming a politician, Amissah-Arthur had lectured at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria between 1981 and 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Matilda and two children.

Ghana’s current President, Addo Akufo-Addo, in a post on his Facebook page, wrote: “I have learnt with shock and great sadness the sudden death of the former Vice President of the Republic, His Excellency Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.”

The president described the former vice president as a longstanding public servant, who discharged his duties with dignity.

“The news of his death is unfortunate since he appeared to have a lot to contribute to the public life of our country,” he added.