The body of Vanuatu's internal affairs minister, Patrick Crowby, is being flown to Port Vila today after he died in New Caledonia last Friday.
Mr Crowby, a francophone, was made internal affairs minister for the third time in March this year after he had crossed the floor to help make Moana Carcasses the prime minister.
He was also a long time mayor of Port Vila.
Mr Crowby had been medivacced to Noumea last week for unspecified health concerns.
His body is expected to lie in state at parliament.