The main leaders and references of the Wide Front they went to Hall of the Lost Steps of the Legislative Palace to say his last goodbye to one of the founders of the leftist coalition of Uruguay, Danilo Astori. They highlighted his fundamental contribution to Uruguayan politics and the economy, as well as his quality as a person.
The mayor of Montevideo and pre-candidate for the presidency Frente Amplio, Carolina Cosse said a few words at a press conference after leaving the venue: “Throughout his life, the Wide Front and the strategic condition, and that must be recognized.” “All Uruguayans are going to treasure it,” he stated.
Cosse assured that Astori was always a “fundamental piece” of the Frente-Amplista governments, where he held the positions of vice president—between 2015 and 2015, with Jose Mujica in the presidency—and twice as Minister of Economy—2005-2010 and 2015-2020, in the administrations of Tabaré Vázquez. In that sense, the mayor of the capital assured that “it leaves proof in reality that everything can be changed, that profound changes can be made.”
Regarding the last farewell to the current leader of Uruguayan politics and economy, he pointed out that it is a day “of retreat, of honoring the memory of Danilo, a great Broad Front, coherent, great worker, great minister, great militant, great person.” “Leave a very high bar“, summarized Cosse, and added that “we have to honor her by not slacking off even a little, always putting the country first.”
For his part, the mayor of cannelloni and also a presidential candidate, Yamandu Orsi, He dedicated a few words to Astori. “We are going to miss him, because although he was not active, his message always came, in an interview, with a writing that finished accommodating concepts for us,” said the reference of the Popular Participation Movement (MPP)who also highlighted the “statistical stature” of the former vice president.
“Had a great sense of responsibility, even if it generated some immediate cost. Since he was so convinced of what being a government entails, he sacrificed that ephemeral success or triumph that the short term gives you, because he was one of those who looked far away,” Orsi recalled, adding that “what he leaves behind is that, that bell of having be very careful with that sometimes dangerous idea of political correctness, or immediate political advantage, which is always there.
The Frente Amplistas present
During the hours in which Astori’s wake took place, the president of the Frente Amplio, Fernando Pereira; as well as the senators Oscar Andrade and Sebastian Sabini, the former minister Marina Arismendi and the director of OSE Edgardo Ortuño, among others. The head of the Frente Amplista bench was also present. Liliam Kechichian, next to Maria Julia Muñoz and Juan Carlos Mahía —who assumed Astori’s Senate seat.