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East Sepik will have all businesses and institutions remain closed today.
Governor Allan Bird who succeeded late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare said on social media.
He said: “It is with deep sadness and regret that we receive the news of the passing of our founding father GC Sir Michael T Somare.”
“As further information comes to hand of the State funeral plans we will inform the public accordingly.”
Bird said business remains closed today as a sign of respect recognising Somare’s exemplary representation of the people of East Sepik.
He has extended the people’s most sincere condolences to his immediate family and his kinfolk.
“May the Good Lord comfort all those who loved him in this time of great sadness,” he said.
Sir Michael represented the people of East Sepik since 1968 and Bird was always his runner-up during the recent elections.
Bird became the most popular choice and won convincingly in 2017 under the National Alliance Party despite Somare’s daughter Dulciana Somare-Brash also contesting under the Pangu Party.