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Former Prime Minister late Sir Mekere Morauta lays in state at Parliament House this morning.
A somber moment for the beginning of a New Year and new decade as Papua New Guinea Defence Force ceremonial guard bring the casket draped with the PNG flag into Parliament.
They walked in strides and in slow motion on a red carpet.
Prime Minister James Marape and Opposition Leader Belden Namah stood side by side as the casket was brought in and both paid respects to Sir Mekere overwhelmingly described as the reformer.
Former Prime Ministers Sir Michael Somare, Sir Julius Chan and Peter O’Neill were among other MPs who were also there and paid respects to Sir Mekere.
The family from Gulf Province walked in and shed tears near his casket after the MPs and notable among Sir Mekere’s family was former Kandep MP Don Polye.
The public were now moving into Parliament to pay their respects as ceremonial guards watch over the coffin.
One man was wailing as he walked the red carpet into Parliament to pay respect to Sir Mekere and thousands more were queuing to honour one of Papua New Guinea’s great public servants, business official and politician.
Flags at Parliament were raised to half mast.