Singapore founder Lee lies in state

SINGAPORE. KAZINFORM - The body of Singaporean statesman Lee Kuan Yew has been moved by gun carriage from his official residence to parliament where it will lie in state.

Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to Mr Lee, who led the city-state to independence and served as its prime minister for 31 years. Singapore is observing a week of mourning for the deeply respected leader, who died in hospital on Monday aged 91, BBC News reports. A state funeral will be held on Sunday. Mr Lee's body has been resting at the Istana - the compound which houses the president's official residence and the prime minister's office - for a private family mourning period. Thousands have already left flowers and message at its gates and signed books of condolence. His flag-draped coffin, accompanied by representatives of the military and government, was then carried from the Istana through the main shopping and business districts, before arriving at Parliament House. Crowds cheered, clapped and chanted his name as the procession passed by. Many organisations and businesses are giving employees time off to pay their respects. On Tuesday, Singapore's current prime minster, Mr Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong, thanked all who had paid tribute, via his Facebook page.

He also announced that a new orchid - Singapore's national flower - had been named after his father. The orchid, named Aranda Lee Kuan Yew, will also be displayed at parliament house. Read more

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