National Week of Mourning declared

FOLLOWING the death President Baldwin Lonsdale, the Vanuatu government has declared a National Week of Mourning from June 17 until June 26.

A government spokesman said a public holiday has been declared for Wednesday, June 21.

He said the President’s body will lie in state at the State House on Monday and Tuesday and there is a program for institutions and organisations to visit and share their condolences during these two days.

He said on Wednesday morning the church funeral service will be held at Parliament House and at midday on Wednesday the President’s body will leave Port Vila and be flown to his final resting place at Sola in the Banks Islands.