Brazil Celebrates Lula’s Inauguration and End of Right-Wing Bolsonaro Reign

Lula vowed to rebuild Brazil as a nation for all folks, whereas former President Jair Bolsonaro fled to Florida.

A whole bunch of hundreds took to the streets throughout Brazil on Sunday to rejoice the inauguration of leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose return to the nation’s highest workplace additionally marked the exit of far-right Jair Bolsonaro who left his nation and arrived within the U.S. state of Florida forward of the weekend’s switch of energy.

After being sworn in throughout a ceremony on the Nationwide Congress, Lula addressed the assembled lawmakers as he lamented the “horrible ruins” left by Bolsonaro, although he didn’t really point out his predecessor by title. However Lula additionally issued a message of renewal and hope.

“Our message to Brazil is considered one of hope and reconstruction,” Lula mentioned within the speech. “The nice edifice of rights, sovereignty, and improvement that this nation constructed has been systematically demolished lately. To re-erect this edifice, we’re going to direct all our efforts.”

“Democracy was the massive winner on this election,” he declared. “Lengthy dwell democracy! Lengthy dwell the Brazilian folks!”

Following his name for reconstruction, he vowed to “rebuild the nation and make a Brazil of all, for all.”

Lula, who beforehand served as president from 2003 to 2010, beat Bolsonaro in a highly-contentious election in October amid considerations that the incumbent — typically in comparison with former U.S. president Donald Trump — wouldn’t in the end concede or relinquish the workplace.

Within the capital metropolis of Brasília on Sunday, throngs of Lula supporters had been seen within the streets forward of a presidential motorcade bringing the returning president to his swearing-in ceremony.

Music and dancing within the streets added to a festive environment whilst a powerful safety presence acted as a reminder of the reluctance by Bolsonaro and his right-wing supporters to confess defeat on the polls. Because the Washington Put up reports:

the carnival-like occasion on New Yr’s Day comes towards a tense backdrop, as supporters of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro stay camped exterior military barracks right here and throughout the nation, calling for a navy overthrow of the incoming authorities to maintain their candidate in workplace.

The specter of potential violence not removed from the Planalto Palace, the place Lula will likely be sworn in for a 3rd time period as president of Latin America’s most populous nation, is a stark reminder of the division within the nation he’s now tasked with governing.

With Bolsonaro looking for refuge in Florida amid investigations into his political dealings and attainable corruption throughout his time in workplace, the New York Instances notes that this implies “there will likely be no ceremonial passing of the presidential sash on Sunday, an essential image of the peaceable transition of energy in a nation the place many individuals nonetheless recall the 21-year navy dictatorship that led to 1985.”

Lula’s automobile is now en path to recieve the presidential sash.


Interviewed by the Related Press on Saturday, Lula supporter Eduardo Coutinho, who traveled from his residence to Brasilia for the inauguration, said the ousted far-right president’s departure is almost as candy as Lula’s return.

“I want I had been right here when Bolsonaro’s airplane took off, that’s the solely factor that makes me nearly as comfortable as tomorrow’s occasion,” Coutinho mentioned. “I’m not often so over-the-top, however we have to let it out and I got here right here simply to do this. Brazil wants this to maneuver on.”