19 Jun 2017

Funeral preparations for Vanuatu President, Baldwin Lonsdale

From , 3:05 pm on 19 June 2017

Funeral preparations are underway and tributes are flowing for Vanuatu's President, Baldwin Lonsdale. 

Father Lonsdale, who was 67, died at the weekend after being rushed to hospital following a suspected heart attack. 

A national week of mourning has been declared and flags are flying at half mast.

Sara Vui-Talitu has more.

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse in his hotel room minutes before his departure to return home after attending the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 16, 2015.

The Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Photo: AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura