9 Nov 2007

Mourning for Wallis king ends, succession undecided

2:37 pm on 9 November 2007

The kivalu or prime minister of Wallis has officilly ended the mourning period for the island's late king, Tomasi Kulimoetoke who died six months ago.

A mass was celebrated in the cathedral of Mata Utu to mark the occasion.

The king had died in May at the age of 88 after serving as lavelua, or king, since 1959.

No successor has been elected and reports say tension between rival clans continues over which group should provide the next king.

In 2005, there was a French-backed attempt to dislodge the king but it was foiled after an armed rebellion by his supporters.