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Funeral of Polish president, first lady on Sunday

The funeral for late Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be held on Sunday.

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 17:53 IST

The funeral for late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be held on Sunday.

"The memorial service is planned for Saturday and the burial of the presidential couple will take place on Sunday," Deputy Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Jacek Sasin told a Polish radio station.

The bodies of Kaczynski and his wife will be kept in the Polish capital of Warsaw until Saturday so that people could pay their last respects to the presidential couple.

Leaders of different countries will attend the funeral of late president Kaczynski and his wife.

"I'm expecting the whole world to come to Warsaw," Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told TOK FM radio station, adding that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wanted to attend the funeral.

The Polish president and first lady died along with 94 other people in a plane crash in western Russia last Saturday.

The delegation of top officials was on its way to pay tribute to some 20,000 Polish officers executed by Soviet secret police in 1940. Poland has declared a seven-day period of national mourning.

First Published: Apr 13, 2010 17:19 IST