15 Feb 2011

Body of late Fiji president Iloilo transferred to his home village

6:39 pm on 15 February 2011

The body of Fiji's former president and late Tui Vuda, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has been transferred from Suva to his home in Viseisei in the country's west.

Fiji Live reports that the president Ratu Epeli Nalatikau and the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, with other senior military officers, led the cortege, with Ratu Josefa's body on a gun carriage, through the streets of Suva to Government House.

Ratu Josefa's body was then transferred to a hearse which travelled along the Queens Highway.

The Tui Vuda's body will be guarded by soldiers and navy personnel at the village until Thursday.

Ratu Josefa became president in 2000 after his predecessor, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was deposed by the George Speight-led coup.

He himself was forced out of office by Commodore Bainimarama in the 2006 military coup but was restored to the presidency a month later.