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Singapore Bids Farewell To Founding Father

Thousands lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to say a final goodbye to the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died a week ago at the age of 91.

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A 21-gun salute was carried out before the procession moved on to the district of Tanjong Pagar, which Lee represented throughout his entire political life.


World leaders attended the official funeral service, which took place at a cultural centre in the west of the city. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin were among those in attendance.

Lee was credited with overseeing Singapore's independence from Britain and separation from Malaysia. During his tenure as leader, Singapore became one of the most prosperous nations in the world.

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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