SUDAN WATCH: Sudan bids rebel leader farewell - John Garang Obituary

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Sudan bids rebel leader farewell - John Garang Obituary

Tributes have been paid to former rebel leader John Garang at his funeral in southern Sudan, attended by thousands of mourners wailing in grief and shaking green leaves in a traditional symbol of mourning. Leaders from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa attended the funeral.

John Garang Funeral 6 Aug 05

Photo: The President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir, South African President Thabo Mbeki and Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki, with other foreign dignitaries walk behind the coffin of John Garang, First Vice President of Sudan (AP)

BBC says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pledged that Sudan's peace process would be implemented to the letter.

Bashir and Kiir shake hands

Photo: Sudan's President Omar Hassab al-Bashir (R) and Salva Kiir, successor to the late vice president John Garang, shake hands after a funeral service for Garang in Juba, southern Sudan August 6, 2005. (Reuters/Radu Sigheti)

Mr Kiir will be sworn in Sunday as the new Sudanese First Vice President.

See obituary on John Garang at BBC News online.

And BBC readers' comments on Garang's death.



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