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    Thousands of mourners yesterday (Monday) continued to pay their last respects to the late Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek.

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    Thousands of mourners yesterday (Monday) continued to pay their last respects to the late Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek.

    They shuffled in silence past a black-boarded portrait of the Generalissimo in the vast auditorium of the pagoda-roofed Sun Yat-sen memorial hall, named after the founder of the Chinese Republic which President Chiang succeeded to head the Nationalist cause for half a century.

    The remains of the President, who died of a heart attack on Saturday aged 87, will be taken to a quiet lake-side country retreat outside Taipei which he loved as a place of meditation -- and possibly of unfulfilled dreams of returning to the mainland.

    He ruled on this island since Mao Tse Tung's Communist forces ousted him from China in 1949 to establish the People's Republic and had expressed to wish to be interred in Chinese mainland soil.

    Former Vice-president C.K. Yon, 70, was sworn in as the new president within hours of the Generalissimo's death, in what officials described as a smooth transfer of power.

    But Mr. Yen, a scholar and economic specialist, is widely expected to be a ceremonial figurehead with the President's elder son, the dynamic 65-year-old premier Chiang Ching-kuo, continuing to wield the real political power.

    In the capital Taipei, the normally colourful newspapers came out in just black print while television stations banned light entertainment for three days. Thousands of mourners in Taiwan also paid their respects at dozens of small temples.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADZFC41CXP05THTEUQYB6TBYXC
    Media URN:
    VLVADZFC41CXP05THTEUQYB6TBYXC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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