Turkish Cypriots declare a week long period of mourning for Rauf Denktas

From the BRKT Website:

“The founding President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rauf Raif Denktaş will be laid to rest on Tuesday, the 17th of January with a state funeral. A week of a official mourning has been declared in the TRNC.

All flags have been lowered to half mast until Friday the 20th of January.

All state and government offices, schools and other workplaces for the exception of essential services will be closed on Tuesday, the day of the funeral.

Details of the funeral was announced by President Derviş Eroğlu today following an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers also attended by the founding President’s son-the leader of the Democrat Party Serdar Denktaş and the President himself.

Eroğlu said that a series of ceremonies will be held for the funeral in line with state protocol for funerals.

The first ceremony will be held at 9:45am at the Near East University hospital where the President passed away.

The late Cyprus Turkish leader will then be taken to the Presidential Palace where bureaucrats and government officials will be allowed to pay their last respects at a second ceremony.

A 24 hour watch will be kept by the late leader until 9:00am the next day.

On Tuesday, the late Cyprus Turkish leader will be carried to the Selimiye Mosque on a gun carriage for noon prayers.

The public will be able to pay their last respects during the funeral procession to the mosque.

Following noon prayers, the casket will then once again be carried out of the Selimiye Mosque and placed on the gun carriage drawn by a military vehicle.

A funeral parade will then convey the coffin from the Mosque to Girne Gate where it placed onto a hearse and taken to the place of burial, which will be decided upon by the Denktaş family.

His body will be brought to the Republic’s Assembly on Monday, where it will be kept in-state under a 24 hours watch until the funeral.
State bureaucrats and government officials will be paying their last respects to the late President.

Turkish President Abdullah Gül, the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Cyprus Affairs Beşir Atalay as well as other state and government officials from Turkey will be attending the funeral.    

More dignitaries from Turkey and other parts of the world are also expected to attend the funeral.”

Meanwhile, prayers are being read for the late founding President at mosques across the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

Source: http://www.brtk.net

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