Lula's inauguration already has the confirmed presence of 12 heads of state

Lula’s inauguration already has the confirmed presence of 12 heads of state

All heads of state and government of countries that have diplomatic relations with Brazil were invited to the inauguration of the president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on January 1, 2023, in Brasília. The invitations were made, officially, last Monday (5), by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the embassies in Brasília and to representations abroad.Lula's inauguration already has the confirmed presence of 12 heads of state

According to Ambassador Fernando Luís Lemos Igreja, head of the inauguration ceremony, 12 heads of state and government have already confirmed their presence: the presidents of Germany, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal and East Timor, in addition to the King of Spain. There are also confirmations from officials at other levels, such as chancellors.

As President Jair Bolsonaro’s government broke diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan government, the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, was not invited by the Itamaraty. According to Igreja, this issue is still being discussed through the Organization of the Inauguration working group of the transition team.

The group’s coordinator and future first lady, Janja Lula da Silva, and other members participated in a press conference this Wednesday at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. According to Janja, the expectation is that 300,000 people will participate in the inauguration party in the federal capital, an event that is being called the Festival of the Future.

The institutional inauguration will follow the traditional protocol, starting with the parade of the new president in an open car along the Esplanada dos Ministérios and arriving at the National Congress, for the official inauguration, in the plenary of the Senate, which should take place around 2:30 pm.

Afterwards, the president goes to the Planalto Palace, where he receives the presidential sash, makes his speech in the Parliament and receives greetings from the heads of state and government present at the ceremony. According to Janja, the estimate is that such protocols will end by 6:30 pm, so that the shows scheduled for the Esplanade.

At 7:30 pm, a reception for foreign delegations is scheduled at the Itamaraty Palace.

Public safety is a major concern for the transition team. Last week, Janja and the vice president-elect, Geraldo Alckmin, met with the governor of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha, to discuss the matter. According to Janja, all security forces involved, local and federal, are working to ensure that the inauguration “occurs as smoothly as possible”.

noise production

One of the inaugural protocols is the 21-gun salute, which takes place during the ceremony at the National Congress. According to Janja, representatives of institutions for people with autism and people with disabilities asked for a review of this protocol, as noise can disturb people with these conditions, as well as children and the elderly, as well as animals.

Janja said the demand has been considered and will be discussed with the Senate ceremonial to find alternatives to cannon fire. Likewise, fireworks, if used, will be those that do not produce noise.


The novelty announced this Wednesday is the exhibition Brazil of the Future – The Forms of Democracy, which will have works by classic and contemporary artists. The exhibition will be at the Museum of the Republic and will be mounted throughout the month of January.

Cultural manager Márcio Tavares informed that the exhibition will have works from the collection of the Museum of the Republic, the Presidency of the Republic and other museums in the country, in addition to the collaboration of galleries and artists. “The exhibition has a special meaning because it is the moment of ownership that remains after it takes place, symbolizing a new care for the artistic heritage and appreciation of Brazilian artists”, he said.

confirmed artists

The PT launched, this Wednesday, a fundraising campaign for Lula’s inauguration party. The amount raised will be used for transport, accommodation and reception of caravans that come to Brasília, in setting up the structure of the festival’s shows and attractions, in strengthening security, in cultural exhibitions, among others.

The last attractions announced for the Festival of the Future were Paulo Miklos, Zélia Duncan, Thalma de Freitas, Francisco el Hombre, Jards Macalé and Geraldo Azevedo. Last week, Kleber Lucas, Leonardo Gonçalves, Margareth Menezes and Paulinho da Viola had already been confirmed. Titi Müller and Paulo Vieira will broadcast the event.

In total, more than 20 artists will perform on two stages named Gal Costa and Elza Soares, in honor of two great names in Brazilian music and culture who died in 2022. The first names announced, from different genres and regions of Brazil , were Pablo Vittar, BaianaSystem, Gabi Amarantos, Duda Beat, Martinho da Vila, Os Gilsons, Luedji Luna, Tereza Cristina, Fernanda Takai, Johnny Hooker, Marcelo Jeneci, Odair José, Otto, Tulipa Ruiz, Maria Rita, Almério, Valesca Popozuda and Juliano Maderada.

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