Tonga in mourning as king dies aged 63
- Published: 18 Mar 2012 at 22.32
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Tonga was plunged into mourning on Monday at the death of King George Tupou V, an eccentric reformer who relinquished absolute power to bring democracy to the impoverished South Pacific nation.
Tonga's King George Tupou V (pictured in 2008), who relinquished absolute power to bring democracy to the South Pacific nation, has died at the age of 63, the country's prime minister announced on Monday.
The death aged 63 of the monocle-wearing king, who had a penchant for flamboyant military uniforms and driving around in a London taxi, had engulfed the country in a "black stormcloud", Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano said.
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