12 Jan 2016

Late CNMI governor given low-key farewell

7:38 am on 12 January 2016

The funeral for the late governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, is expected to be a relatively low-key affair today despite the attendance of representatives from around the region.

The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos.

The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos. Photo: CNMI Governor's Office

Among the off-island officials scheduled to be there include Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, Office of Insular Affairs Assistant Secretary Esther Kia'aina, Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Yosiwo George, Palau Vice President Antonio Bells and Yap Lieutenant Governor James Yangtemai.

Other dignitaries from American Samoa, Guam and the US military are also expected to attend.

Our correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says despite the high-powered representation and the high regard for Mr Inos, the funeral is not a state one.

"It is the governor's wishes that even in death he wants to be remembered as a simple guy. There will be, of course, some off-island dignitaries who will be attending his funeral and also government officials will be there but there will be no state funeral for the governor."

Mr Inos died on December 29 in the US of complications from diabetes.