EFE | Singapore

Singapore paid its final respects to the founder of the city-state, Lee Kuan Yew, with a state funeral after a week of national mourning during which huge numbers of Singaporeans paid homage to the charismatic former leader.

Lee, who died last Monday at age 91, governed Singapore from 1959 until 1990, although he served in the Cabinet until 2011, and directed the process of independence in 1965 after a failed attempt to merge with Malaysia.

Members of the public observe the State Funeral Cortege of late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as it leaves the National University of Singapore,
Members of the public observe the State Funeral Cortege of late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as it leaves the National University of Singapore, 29 March 2015. Singapore's first premier Lee Kuan Yew died in hospital on 23 March 2015, at the age of 91. EFE/EPA
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