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South Korea Could Declare State Funeral Public Holiday

Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul)
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: August 21, 2009

Following the death of former President Kim Dae-Jung, earlier this afternoon, the government of South Korea has announced that a cabinet meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, would decide as to the format of the funeral.

The funerals of former South Korean presidents are usually treated in the formats of a "state funeral" or the format of a "people's funeral".

A state funeral means nine days of mourning and the declaration of a public holiday on the date of the funeral. The only state funeral ever held was when President Park Chung-Hee was assassinated in 1979.

Former President Roh Moo-Hyun, who committed suicide in May 2009, was awarded a people's funeral.

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