Thousands of people arrive in the center of Brasilia for the inauguration of Lula

Thousands of people arrive in the center of Brasilia for the inauguration of Lula

Photo: Cris Sille, special envoy

Thousands of people began to arrive at the gigantic Esplanade of the Ministries of Brasilia to participate in the celebrations for the inauguration of the former metallurgical worker Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the third time as president of Brazil, in the midst of a strong security operation with more than 10,000 uniformed officers, police snipers and a ban on the use of firearms for any civilian.

“Olé olé Olé Olá, Lula, Lula”, is the main cry of the protesters, mostly dressed in red, the color of the Workers’ Partywho line up at the checkpoints and searches that give access to the Esplanade of the Ministries and the Plaza de los Tres Poderes, which connects Congress, the Federal Supreme Court and the Planalto Palace, the government house.

Photo Cris Sille sent special
Photo: Cris Sille, special envoy

Some 300,000 people are expected for the ceremony, which will also be attended by 17 heads of state and government, including Alberto Fernández, and which begins at 2:20 p.m. with Lula parading from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia in an official car to Congress, where the formal act of assumption will take place, to then go to the Planalto to receive the presidential sash.

Photo Cris Sille sent special
Photo: Cris Sille, special envoy

The presidential custody commented that Lula is in favor of parading in the convertible black Rolls Royce of the Presidency, as he did on January 1, 2003 and in 2007 and that the former president Jair Bolsonaro also used in 2018.

the first speech

After being sworn in in Congress at 3:00 p.m., Lula will give his first speech before the deputies, senators, representatives of the international delegations and other authorities present.

Lula will not receive the presidential sash from the outgoing president, who left the country on Friday for Orlando, United States, where he spent the New Year with his family in a house in a closed neighborhood belonging to a businessman and mixed martial arts fighter. .

According to reports, a symbolic ceremony is expected for Lula’s ascent to the Planalto ramp, with surprises in the transfer of the band. There, she will give a speech before the public present in the Plaza de los Tres Poderes.

Within the Planalto, the new president will receive the foreign delegations for a formal greeting and then he will swear in the 37 ministers of his Cabinet.

Lula, his deputy Geraldo Alckmin and their respective wives will then go to the Itamaraty Palace, where a reception will be held for the foreign heads of state and government present in Brasilia.

festival of the future

Along with the official ceremony, the Festival of the Future will be held, a party with more than 65 artists on two stages set up on the Esplanade of the ministries.

Meanwhile, in front of the Brazilian Army headquarters, Bolsonaro supporters calling for a military coup to prevent Lula’s inauguration remained in place this Sunday, despite the fact that Bolsonaro left the country and the military chiefs entered the transition of government.

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