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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Former Solomons PM Bart Ulufa'alu to be accorded state funeral today, the third in Solomon Islands history

The body of Former Solomon Islands prime minister (1997-2000) and MP for Aoke/Langa langa Constituency, late Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, will be given a state funeral today, Sunday 27th May in Honiara.

Announcing this, Acting Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo says the body will lay in state at Parliament House from nine o'clock in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon.

The public will have the opportunity then to file past the body to pay their last respect to the late Ulufa'alu.

"At about 3 pm, the body will be transported down to the Holy Cross Cathedral (about 2km from parliament house) for the state funeral service. And thereafter late in the evening, the body will then be transported to his home place at Auki via the patrol boat."

The late Ulufa'alu has been hospitalised for sometime for ill health due to diabetes before he died on Friday.

His death brings to two, members of parliament in the current house who have died while in office.

Last month the member of Parliament for East Malaita constituency, the late Joses Sanga had also been accorded a state funeral.

Late Ulufa'alu's state funeral will be the third in Solomon Islands history after late Solomon Mamaloni and late Joses Sanga.

Source: SIBC

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