Mourners pay tribute to father of Polish prime minister

Among those paying their last respects was Kornel Morawiecki son, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki with family. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Senior Speaker of the Sejm Kornel Morawiecki, a former anti-communist leader and father of Poland's prime minister, is lying in state in the Polish Parliament building, in Warsaw.

His casket, covered with a white and red flag, was placed in the Column Hall of the parliament building.

Among those paying their last respects were Kornel Morawiecki's son, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the speakers of both houses of parliament, government ministers, the president of the Constitutional Tribunal, the head of the President's Office and the leader of the ruling party Law and Justice.

An honour guard will remain with the coffin, as members of the public pay their respects until 6:00 p.m.

A funeral procession to the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army will begin at 7:00 p.m., where at 8:30 p.m. a prayer vigil will be held.

The funeral of Kornel Morawiecki will be held on Saturday and his burial will take place at the Powazki Military cemetery in Warsaw, in a state ceremony.

He died on Monday at the age of 78 after a short battle with cancer.