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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.

Posted on March 29, 2015, at 4:10 a.m. ET

The crowd braved torrential rain and lined the streets of the city-state to view the procession carrying Lee's coffin.

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An estimated one million people have visited memorial sites this week, according to the BBC.

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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.

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Mourners were reported to have silently waited under the rain for hours, but erupted in cheers as Mr Lee's coffin passed by, according to the BBC.

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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.

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Nearly half a million people took to the streets of Singapore to witness the funeral procession, according to local media reports.

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Lee ruled Singapore with an iron fist for 31 years. He left office in 1990 but remained active in Singaporean politics.

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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.

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