TUVALU PRIME MINISTER IONATANA IONATANA DIES

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (December 9, 2000 – Tuvalu .TV Website)---Prime Minister Ionatana Ionatana passed away Friday evening 8:00 p.m. at Princess Margaret Hospital in Funafuti.

The nation was notified of the Prime Minister’s passing by Deputy Prime Minister Lagitupu Tuilimu in an announcement broadcast by Radio Tuvalu.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that a State funeral for Prime Minister Ionatana is scheduled to be held next Tuesday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Prime Minister Ionatana collapsed during a reception at the Vaiaku Lagi Hotel with Air Fiji representatives and was transported to the hospital.

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