Ex-Singapore leader lies in state

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Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Singaporeans stood in silence as Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin travelled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the presidential palace to Parliament.

The 91-year-old died after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption.

Hundreds of mourners lined the street outsides the presidential palace, where Mr Lee’s remains lay at a two-day private wake, as the carriage with his coffin draped with a Singapore flag in a glass case was escorted by Singapore’s prime minister and his eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong, and other children.

Mr Lee will lie in state ahead of a funeral on Sunday.

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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