Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Lula sworn in as Brazilian President

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Brazil’s new President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with his wife Rosangela Silva at his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (77) has been sworn in as the new President of Brazil. The 77-year-old took his oath of office in Congress on Sunday. He had previously driven through the capital, Brasília, in an open Rolls Royce with his wife Janja and the new Vice President Geraldo Alckmin and his wife. Thousands of supporters cheered him on. More than a dozen heads of state attended the inauguration, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66). After the celebrations, a big music festival with more than 40 artists was planned.

Lula ruled the largest country in Latin America from 2003 to 2010. He is now the first democratically elected president in Brazil to serve a third term. He prevailed against his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro (67) in the runoff election in October. Contrary to custom, the president who was voted out did not take part in the swearing-in ceremony. He had already traveled to the USA with his family on Friday.

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