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Guinea-Bissau's Sanha to be buried Sunday

2012-01-11 13:19

Bissau - The body of Guinea-Bissau's president Malam Bacai Sanha, who died in a Paris hospital earlier this week, will be flown back on Saturday and buried the next day, a foreign ministry official said.

The body will be brought to the Amura fort in the capital Bissau where the troubled west African state's armed forces are headquartered and then put in public view in front of parliament, the official said on Wednesday.

It is still unclear, however, where Sanha, who died on Monday aged 64 after a long illness, will be buried amid differences between the government and the ex-leader's family.

The government wants him laid to rest in the Martyrs Cemetery at the army headquarters where independence hero and ruling party founder Amilcar Cabral is also buried.

Sanha's relatives would like to see him interred in his native village of Kam, in southern Guinea-Bissau, the foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.