The President of the Republic Rebelo de Sousa, had a scheduled trip to the Vatican this Saturday, October 5, for the elevation of Tolentino Mendonça to cardinal. But Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, canceled the trip to attend the funeral of Diogo Freitas do Amaral, which takes place this Saturday in Cascais.
Official source of the presidency of the Republic confirmed to the Economic Journal that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa canceled the trip to the Vatican scheduled for this Saturday, October 5, adding that at the ceremony of elevation of Tolentino Mendonça the cardinal will be, however, the Minister of Justice, Francisca Van Dunem, as well as the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque; and the secretary of the Council of State, Rita Magalhães Colaço.
According to the same source, the October 5th celebrations will not be canceled. They will thus remain, as Marcelo had already said, “with the discretion” proper of a day of electoral reflection. There will be a symbolic moment in the Lisbon City Hall of evocation of the Republic, there will be no speeches, but there will be this symbolic moment.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has already expressed “the deepest regret” over the death of Diogo Freitas do Amaral, founder of the CDS, former Foreign Minister and interim Prime Minister, died Thursday.
“The President of the Republic expresses his deepest regret at the death of Diogo Freitas do Amaral, one of the four Founding Fathers of the democratic political party system in Portugal, as President of the Democratic and Social Center”, reads a note published on the page. of the Presidency of the Republic.
Diogo Freitas do Amaral He was 78 years old and had been hospitalized for two weeks at the CUF Hospital in Cascais for clinical examinations, according to his family.
The body of the founder of CDS-PP and former minister Diogo Freitas do Amaral goes to the Jerónimos Monastery on Friday afternoon, and the funeral will take place Saturday at Guia Cemetery, Cascais, a family source told Lusa.
In the note published on the website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also recalls that “he lost a great personal friend of half a century” and presents to his family “the expression of great longing, but, above all, the national gratitude for what was the historical role of having been that of the Founding Fathers to integrate the Portuguese conservative right into democracy.
According to the Head of State, Portuguese democracy owes Freitas do Amaral “to have conquered to the right a space of its own existence in the nascent political regime, despite its so often affirmed centrist convictions”. Marcelo emphasizes that “he must also make decisive interventions in the first constitutional revision and in the drafting of structural diplomas, such as the National Defense and Armed Forces Law, the Organic Law of the Constitutional Court, the Code of Administrative Procedure and an appreciable part of Administrative and Administrative Organization Litigation ”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also considers that Freitas do Amaral turned out to be a lonely man because of his “visceral independence”.
“By combining careful personal training with selective, meticulously structured intelligence and rare clarity in expression, it combines concern for conceptual rigor with attention to reality, endowed with unparalleled care and loyal constancy to a group of friends, schoolmates. or life, he would always end up being a lonely man, because of his visceral independence, his aversion to jails of thought, his discovery over decades that there were more worlds than the one or those who had marked his youth and its leading role in the young Portuguese Democracy ”, reads the Presidency note.