Ghana mourns as President John Atta Mills is buried

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NEW: Doves are released into the air as mourners pay respects to their late leader

NEW: Mills is laid to rest near Osu Castle in Accra, the capital of Ghana

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among the visiting dignitaries

John Dramani Mahama was sworn in as the new president within hours of Mills' death

Accra, Ghana CNN  — 

Thousands of mourners gathered Friday in the West African nation of Ghana to pay their respects to the late President John Atta Mills, as his funeral was held in the capital, Accra.

Mills died last month at age 68, prompting outpourings of grief from many Ghanaians.

Ghanaians from all walks of life, many dressed in the traditional black and red of mourning, thronged Independence Square in Accra to witness the ceremony, in a show of national unity.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among the many foreign dignitaries who traveled to Ghana for the funeral.

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Information Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa said 67 foreign delegations were represented from all over the world.

More than 15 heads of state, including almost all the West African leaders, attended the ceremony, which ended with the release of 100 doves into the air.