The body will be brought to the Amura fort in the capital, Bissau, where the troubled West African state’s armed forces are headquartered, and then put on public view in front of parliament, the official said Wednesday.
It is still unclear where Mr. Sanha, 64, who died after a long illness, will be buried amid differences between the government and his family.
The government wants him laid to rest in the Martyrs Cemetery at the army headquarters where independence hero and ruling party founder Amilcar Cabral is buried.
Mr. Sanha’s relatives would like to see him interred in his native village of Kam in southern Guinea-Bissau, the foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
U.N. compound hit by two hand grenades
MOGADISHU | Unidentified men this week attacked the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, hurling two hand grenades that exploded near the wall, U.N. officials and witnesses said Wednesday.
According to witnesses, two grenades blew up by the roadside next to the wall of the U.N. compound late Tuesday. Security guards in the compound opened fire in response, but no casualties were reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the latest in a string of blasts, including roadside bombs and grenade explosions, that have rocked the Somali capital in recent months.
The city has seen an increase in such attacks since the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Shebab abandoned fixed positions there in August and switched to guerrilla tactics against the Western-backed government.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers; three regions, including parts of Mogadishu, have been declared a famine zone.