Tu’umalo Susunga Mālietoa Tanumafili II died on May 11 at 94 years of age.

Maori Television is simulcasting his funeral at 8:30 am on May 19, 2007.  I think that’s Somoa time, so check your watch.

 Malietoa led the country since it achieved independence in 1962.

He led the country to independence and was made Head of State For Life.

In accordance with the country’s constitution, his successor will be elected by the Legislative Assembly to serve for a five year term.

Read the full story here. 

Watch the simulcast by clicking here.