Brazil: the investiture of Lula, back to the presidency of the country 12 years later, takes place under high security in Brasilia

Back in power 12 years later. The icon of the Brazilian left, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, becomes president of Brazil again, Sunday January 1, during an investiture in Brasilia snubbed by the outgoing head of state, Jair Bolsonaro. The ceremony will be framed by an important security device in the face of the threat posed by the far right. At 77, Lula must again be proclaimed president of the first power in Latin America after his two terms from 2003 to 2010, and sign the return of the left to the presidential palace.

Up to 300 000 people are expected for this day. Some six hours before his inauguration, hundreds of supporters, often dressed in red, the color of Lula’s Workers’ Party (PT), had invaded the streets of the capital and an endless queue, at least a kilometer , had trained in security checks.

France represented by the Minister Delegate Olivier Becht

While the most radical followers of ex-president Jair Bolsonaro want to prevent Lula’s accession to power and are still camped outside barracks in various cities, demanding military intervention, security has been tightened. All the police forces of the district of Brasilia (some 8 000 agents) are mobilized, as well as a thousand federal police officers.

Lula will be officially sworn in as president at 3 p.m. (7 p.m. in France) after taking the oath to respect the Constitution before Congress. Then, he will go to the Planalto Palace, an architectural jewel of Oscar Niemeyer, to receive the famous presidential scarf, set with gold and diamonds. The crowd will be massed to listen to the speech of the new president on the immense esplanade of the ministries, near the place of the Three Powers, where the presidential palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court rub shoulders.

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Among the fifty foreign delegations present include the King of Spain and 17 heads of state, including the presidents of Germany, Portugal and several Latin American countries such as Argentina. The United States sent the Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, and China its Vice President, Wang Qishan. France is represented by Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade.

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