The Argentine Ambassador to Rome, Roberto Carlés, was at dawn at the private ceremony held at the Hall of the Indigenous Peoples to personally deliver to the Maradona family Of Pope Francis, a blessed rosary. It turned out that he also conveyed words of comfort from the highest pontiff to the daughters of the idol, Dalma and Giannina, and that he greeted the entire family before retiring.
Carlés’ presence was one of the few in the political world that met at dawn. Until now, only Diego Maradona friends have approached. And all would indicate that Vice President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be present at the funeral ceremony, although it is expected that her son, Maximo Kirchner, president of Front de Todos Bloc in the Chamber of Deputies. ““I believe Maximo can come,” they told the president.
The first official to arrive in Casa Rosada, just after 6 a.m., was the press secretary and presidential spokesman, Van Pablo Biondi. An hour later, the vice-secretary general of the presidency, Miguel Cuberos, was spotted. At 9 o’clock, the chief of staff, Santiago Copiera, arrived. However, nobody is still not seen in the burning chapel where the coffin is. “The protagonists are the family and the people who want to come to say goodbye,” they explained. In addition, there are the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, the Legal and Technical Secretary, Wilma Ibarra, and the Secretary General of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello.
9.30 The Minister of Sports and Tourism enters, Matthias Lammens, Who did not hide his fear. He could be seen crying leaning against a wall in the Hall of Latin American Patriots, notoriously affected. Ginés González García also arrived and stayed with the family. Governor Axel Kisiloff is scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m.
The expected presence is that of Alberto Fernández, who would arrive at noon, perhaps earlier. At 10 a.m. he plans to record a video for the Olivo residence for FAO. Then the President will move to La Rosada. Beyondi is wanted by him, probably to coordinate his participation in the sad ceremony.
Minutes before 10 o’clock the first two wreaths entered the burning chapel, one by Alberto Fernández with the flowers in the colors of Argentinos Júniors and the other inscribed with “President of the People” in the colors of Argentina.
Meanwhile, the seat of government is notoriously empty. The Maradona family uses several offices, such as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Cecilia Todeska. Argentina is in national mourning and there are no personnel working in La Rosada. In the journalists room there is more activity than usual, although there is no permission to go through most of the entrances and corridors. “The family wants to keep privacy,” said those responsible for organizing the funeral.
Prior to the press release in Razada, the region’s secretariat had printed special cards to obtain the permits. “It’s the credential that nobody ever wanted”, Expressed a journalist, apologetic.
Claudia Maradona specifically asked that the cameras should not focus on her, but she is in front of the coffin along with the two daughters. Everyone in the family seeks to keep a low profile and not focus on the limelight. Anyway, the people who come through the door of Balkarce 50 see you and greet you and express their affection.
Due to the epidemic, no president has expressed interest in representing Argentina. The first head of state to express his condolences was the president of Cuba, as the president put it on his Twitter account. “On behalf of the Cuban people and government and of the Army General Raul Castro Roos, I extend my deepest condolences on the deaths of Diego Armando Maradona, a dear and loyal friend of Fidel and our people,” he transmitted by letter.
The question that everyone has been asking themselves since this morning is whether, as the family wants, the doors can be closed to the public from the wake at 16. Claudia, Dalma and Giannina have been here since 23 last night and transmitted that they do not Want to stop the burial will be held in the cemetery Jardin Bella Vista, where the remains of Don Diego and La Tota, the parents of the idols. They even try to cut the TV transmission earlier to prevent people from continuing to reach the Rosada.
A crowd goodbye with tears and emotion goodbye to Diego Maradona in the Cosa Rosada
Photo gallery: Tears and thanks in the last goodbye to Diego Maradona
There was pushing, running and bottles in Plaza de Mayo when the public wake began