He was subsequently rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he died shortly after.
The 67-year old, popularly referred to as PK, also served as Governor of the 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.
He was last seen in public on Wednesday during a book launch by his wife Matilda Amissah-Arthur.
“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,” Ghana President Addo Akufo-Addo posted on Facebook.
The president described the former vice president as a longstanding public servant, who discharged his duties with dignity, adding: “The news of his death is unfortunate, since he appeared to have a lot to contribute to the public life of our country.”
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.
Amissah-Arthur subsequently rose to become a Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning from 1986 to 1997.
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.
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