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Italy honors Berlusconi with a symbolic state funeral that brings together thousands of people

Italy honors Berlusconi with a symbolic state funeral that brings together thousands of people

Italy said goodbye this Wednesday to Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister on three occasions and magnate of the media and soccer, with a symbolic state funeral that also coincided with a national day of mourning, in memory of a politician and businessman that has marked the evolution of the transalpine country since the mid-nineties.

Berlusconi, sick with leukemia, died on Monday at the age of 86 in a Milan hospital, after several days in the hospital. His coffin rested since that day in the mansion that the tycoon had in Arcore, from where he left this Wednesday to travel the 33 kilometers that separated him from the Milan cathedral, cheered by shows of support.

In fact, thousands of people have come to the Duomo square, in front of the emblematic Milanese cathedral, to say their last goodbye to Silvio Berlusconi and follow the event from giant screens. His remains were greeted with applause from those gathered there, who showed symbols of remembrance to the late politician and businessman, with allusions to his party, Forza Italia, and also to the football team he presided over, AC Milan. .

Once inside the temple, the first rows have been reserved for direct relatives and representatives of the country’s main institutions, including the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, as well as former heads of Government such as Mario Draghi or Paolo Gentiloni, who has come on behalf of the European Commission.

The funeral was also attended by representatives of international governments, including Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, although the Kremlin qualified this Wednesday that Russia has not received any invitation, days after Russian President Vladimir Putin , publicly said goodbye to Berlusconi, describing him as a “true friend”.

The Archbishop of Milan, Mario Delpini, presided over the ceremony, where he recalled that Berlusconi was “undoubtedly” in life a politician and a businessman, as well as a public figure in general terms. “But in this moment of farewell and prayer, what can we say? He was a man, a desire for life, a desire for love, a desire for joy. He was a man and now he meets God”, he proclaimed before the present.

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