The body of Malawi’s late President Bingu wa Mutharika has been flown home from South Africa.
Thousands joined new President Joyce Banda at Kamuzu airport to receive the South African military aircraft.
Mr Mutharika, who was 78, suffered a heart attack on 5 April and was flown to South Africa. His death was confirmed two days later.
The delay in announcing his death had prompted fears of a power struggle until Ms Banda was sworn in on 7 April.
Ms Banda had been vice-president since 2009 but fell out with Mr Mutharika in 2010 and became one of his fiercest critics.
Malawi’s armed forces mounted a guard of honour for the former president and sounded a 21-gun salute as South African military personnel handed over his coffin draped with the Malawian flag on the airport tarmac.
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The life of Bingu wa Mutharika
1934: Born Ryson Webster Thom in southern district of Thyolo. Adopts current name in 1960s
1964: Goes abroad to escape then President Hastings Banda’s crackdown on political opponents
Trains as economist, works for international bodies, including World Bank
2004: Elected president as candidate of UDF
2005: Leaves UDF to form DPP
Praised for helping poor farmers by subsiding agricultural inputs
2009: Re-elected for a second term
2011: Faces growing calls for him to resign; UK cuts direct aid after Mr Mutharika expels its envoy
His body will now lie in state in the capital, Lilongwe, and elsewhere in the country before a funeral on 23 April.
Mr Mutharika, a former World Bank economist, came to power in a 2004 election, after being backed by outgoing President Muluzi.
Following his re-election with a large majority in 2009, critics allege he demonstrated an increasingly authoritarian streak.