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April 19, 2021
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Lying in State

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Many city residents both young and old today joined national leaders to pay their respect to former Prime Minister and Member for Moresby North West, late Sir Mekere Morauta.

They lined up at the Parliament’s main gate and were ushered into the Grand Hall to bid farewell to an outstanding leader.

Among the leaders, Prime Minister James Marape, Opposition Leader Belden Namah, and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan all were in attendance.

A solemn touch on the casket draped with the PNG flag from the country’s founding father, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

Shortly after they took their leave, the public were allowed in to pay their respects to the former prime minister who many described as a ‘renowned reformist’.

Sir Mekere died from a long illness in Australia and his body was flown into the country last week.

A state funeral service will be held this Friday and he will be laid to rest at Independence Hill, here in Port Moresby.

Another former Prime Minister laid to rest at the Independence Hill is Sir William Skate.

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