The former vice president and former Minister of Economy Danilo Astori will be held on Saturday the 11th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hall of the Lost Steps of the Legislative Palacein recognition of his fundamental political career in Uruguay.
The last goodbye to the founder and reference of the Wide Front will take place tomorrow at Parliament of which he was a part of as a senator until November of last year, when he resigned because the health problems he had – respiratory failure – allowed him to be present in only three of the 120 sessions that had taken place until then since the formation of the legislature with the assumption of Luis Lacalle Pou in the presidency.
Astori was 83 years old and died this morning after being hospitalized since October 31 due to respiratory failure. He had also broken his hip and suffered a micro heart attack. He was a leader of the moderate Frente Amplista wing, and held the vice presidency during the administration of Jose Mujica, In addition to being Minister of Economy during the two governments of Tabaré Vázquez, setting the course of the left-wing coalition’s economy.
The ex-president Mujica He was consulted by TV Ciudad about his feelings regarding the news of the death of his former vice president. He acknowledged speaking from “the heart and not so much from the thought” given the recentness of the event. “A piece of ourselves is gone, a piece of our head, also a piece of our feelings,” said the Broad Front leader.
Likewise, he described Astori as “a formidable companion in the management of the entire epic of the Front, representative of an important sector of society.” Mujica also highlighted his “thinking head that was permanently there to moderate us and help us reflect a little in the long term”, realizing one of the characteristics of the leader of Uruguay Assembly which was also recognized by the entire political spectrum.
“I am deeply sorry and I am even more sorry because I had a talk with him pending and it could not happen.” Asked about the topic of that conversation, the former president acknowledged that “I had to thank him and wanted to acknowledge that at a crucial moment I should have supported him, in ’14, for him to be a candidate.” “I couldn’t say it to him but I tell him Uruguayan people”, Mujica expressed.