Freemasons from Argentine and Romania pay homage to Néstor Kirchner, former President of Argentine Republic
Néstor Carlos Kirchner (25 February 1950 – 27 October 2010) was an Argentine politician who served as the 54th President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 until 10 December 2007. Previously, he was Governor of Santa Cruz Province since 10 December 1991. He briefly served as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations - UNASUR - and as a National Deputy of Argentina for Buenos Aires Province.
Kirchner, who had been operated on twice in 2010 for cardiovascular problems, died at his home in El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, on 27 October 2010, after reportedly suffering a heart attack. He died at 9:15 AM. His wife, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was present with him until he died.
Many leaders around the world (Barack Obama, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Hugo Chávez, Felipe Calderón of Mexico, Sebastián Piñera, Fernando Lugo, Alan García, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa, Álvaro Colom, Daniel Ortega, Dmitry Medvedev, Giorgio Napolitano, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Bronisław Komorowski, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and others) sent condolences to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and to the Argentine people. Argentine Republic, Venezuela and Brazil declared three days of national mourning.
Also Freemasons sent condolences to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and to the Argentine nation. The Grand Master of Argentine Freemasons, Most Worshipful Angel Jorge Clavero, in name of the Grand Lodge of Argentine sent an official announcement through which he expressed "its deep sorrow for the death of former President of Argentina Néstor Carlos Kirchner. No doubt his death is a loss for democracy, for the debate of ideas and for the projects of the republic. Beyond the daily differences, Néstor Kirchner was able to contribute to balance and social peace during his presidency, after the economic and social crisis of the beginning of this century in our country.", said Most Worshipful Brethren Angel Jorge Clavero.
President of the Argentine Republic (2003-2007)
Union of South American Nations
Also, from Romania, the Secretary-General of the Masonic News Agency of Romania sent condolences to President Cristina Kirchner and to the Argentine nation.
"The day of October 27th, 2010, remains in the nation's history as a day of mourning for an entire country and an entire continent. The pass to the Eternal Orient of His Excellency Néstor Carlos Kirchner, Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations and former President of Argentina, awakens in the Argentine Brethrens feelings that Nestor Kirchner has sown in the spirit of Argentina after the social and economic crisis through which this nation passed at the beginning of the 21st century.
Néstor Kirchner has marked the history of Argentina and of the South America for a decade. Néstor Kirchner entered in the South American history as the first Secretary-General of UNASUR, an European Union of the South American continent.", it was said in the official statement of the APMR (Agenţia de Presă Masonică din România) Secretary-General.