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Thousands Pack Singapore Streets to See Lee's Casket

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Members of the public take pictures and shout "Thank you, Mr Lee!" as the coffin of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew leaves Istana, or Presidential Palace on a ceremonial gun carriage to lie in state at parliament, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Members of the public take pictures and shout "Thank you, Mr Lee!" as the coffin of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew leaves Istana, or Presidential Palace on a ceremonial gun carriage to lie in state at parliament, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Singapore is continuing its week-long period of national mourning for its late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, whose body is being displayed for public viewing on Wednesday.

Thousands of mourners packed Singapore's streets to observe Lee's glass casket, which was transported on top of a gun carriage from the president's residence to parliament house.

The body will lie in state for the public to pay respects until his Sunday funeral, which is expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from around the world.

Lee, who ruled the island nation from 1959 to 1990, died Monday at the age of 91 following a struggle with pneumonia.

He became Singapore's first prime minister when it gained full self-governance from Britain's colonial rule. He remained the country's driving force long after his retirement three decades later.

Lee has been praised for laying the foundation of Singapore's massive growth and booming prosperity, but criticized by many who objected to his authoritarian rule.

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