invested, Lula is committed to “rebuilding the country, with the Brazilian people” – RT in French
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been sworn in as President of Brazil for the third time, after being sworn in before Congress.
This is his third term. Lula succeeds 77-year-old Jair Bolsonaro, narrowly beaten in October.
Brazil’s new president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged “to rebuild the country, with the Brazilian people” in a firm speech to Congress on Sunday after his inauguration, citing the “disastrous” record of Jair Bolsonaro.
He left Brazil two days before the end of his mandate. He will therefore not hand over the presidential sash to his successor as is Brazilian tradition.
Definitely back on the political scene after his trouble with the law, Lula won only a short head against the outgoing nationalist right-wing president, with a little less than two million votes in advance.
“Zero deforestation in the Amazon”
Lula, accused his predecessor of having “exhausted health resources, dismantled education, culture, science and technology and destroyed environmental protection”.
Brazil “does not need to deforest” to support its agriculture, said Lula in his first speech before Congress which had just installed him as president of this country, a major agricultural producer.
“We are going to be able to live without cutting down trees, without burning” forests, declared Lula, recalling his objective of “zero deforestation in the Amazon”, while the international community expects strong gestures from him after the large-scale deforestation under the previous mandate.
Jair Bolsonaro had unsuccessfully contested the result, while his supporters, some of whom had called for the intervention of the army in the days following the election, continue to demonstrate regularly to oppose the return of the former metalworker .