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Party picks candidate after president dies

ACCRA — Leaders of Ghana’s governing party Thursday nominated the country’s interim president to replace their late leader as their candidate for president in January elections.

President John Atta Mills died Tuesday at the age of 68. Hours later, Vice President John Mahama took the oath of office as the interim leader of the West African nation.

Mr. Mahama will face Nana Akufo-Addo, who won nearly 50 percent of the vote in 2008 in the closest election in Ghana’s history.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports