RAÚL ALFONSÍN WAS often a stumbling, bumbling leader when he served as President of the Argentine Republic but, in a country of rampant corruption and abuse, his personal integrity was unassailable. It was probably for that reason that Argentines came on to the streets of Buenos Aires in April to mourn the loss of, certainly not the greatest statesman of the country’s history, but at least something simple: an honest man. For more on the late president, see my piece over at InsideCatholic.com.
The former president’s remains lay in state in one of the halls of the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
His Grace, Bishop Justo Laguna blesses the corpse of President Alfonsín.
Former Brazilian president José Sarney paid his respects…
…as did former Argentine presidents Néstor Kirchner and Carlos Menem.
Thousands and thousands of Argentines waited in lines many blocks long to see Alfonsín for the last time.
His remains were then processed to the Recoleta cemetery.
The national flag flew at half-mast at the Casa Rosada.
Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín