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Tonga mourns as late king returns home

  • 26 Mar 2012
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NUKU'ALOFA (AFP)
s roads to welcome home the body of their late king

Tongans living overseas and on the smaller islands have travelled to the main island of Tongatapu to be with their families in the deeply Christian country for the rare occasion of a king's funeral.

The country, which lies near the international date line, will hold a coronation for the new king at a time of his choosing, but a traditional kava ceremony will be held on Saturday to invest him as monarch.

His predecessor, who entered negotiations with reformers on changes that would bring majority government to Tonga for the first time, delayed his coronation until 2008 after riots two years earlier.

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