10 Feb 2011

Funeral for former Fiji president next week

4:42 pm on 10 February 2011

The funeral for former Fiji president Ratu Josefa Iloilo will be held next Thursday.

The Fiji Village website reports the Permanent Secretary for Defence Jale Fotofili as saying Ratu Josefa's final journey through Suva will begin next Monday and his body will lie in state at Government House that day.

He says the diplomatic corps, civil society organisations and other groups can pay their final respects while the former president lies in state.

Mr Fotofili says the military will escort his hearse from Suva to Vuda on Tuesday.

Details of Ratu Josefa's funeral will be released later.