Brazil’s Lula inaugurated as new president after Bolsonaro reportedly fled to Florida residence of MMA fighter

Brazilian leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as president on Sunday together with his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro notably absent. 

Bolsonaro, now missing presidential immunity, reportedly departed for the USA on Friday nonetheless with out conceding defeat since October’s election. Bolsonaro reportedly plans to remain in Florida for at the very least a month, in keeping with The New York Instances, renting the Orlando residence of knowledgeable mixed-martial-arts fighter a number of miles from Disney World.

In a speech to Brazil’s Congress Sunday, Lula went after the outgoing president of Latin America’s largest nation, accusing Bolsonaro of wielding anti-democratic threats following essentially the most fraught election in a era and promising to carry members of his administration to account. 

“We don’t carry any spirit of revenge in opposition to those that tried to subjugate the nation to their private and ideological designs, however we’ll assure the rule of legislation,” Lula stated, in keeping with Reuters, with out mentioning Bolsonaro by identify. “Those that erred will reply for his or her errors.”

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Brazil’s Lula inaugurated as new president after Bolsonaro reportedly fled to Florida residence of MMA fighter

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, waves to supporters beside his spouse Rosangela Silva after he was sworn in as new president on the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 
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“Below the winds of redemocratization, we used to say, ‘Dictatorship by no means once more,’” he added, in keeping with the Instances. “At the moment, after the horrible problem we’ve overcome, we should say, ‘Democracy without end.’”

Lula, as soon as compelled into political hiatus whereas serving 580 days in jail on corruption prices earlier than the nation’s Supreme Courtroom later threw out the convictions, vowed Sunday that in his new third time period as president he would sort out deforestation and local weather change and invoke stricter gun restrictions. He additionally criticized Bolsonaro’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, which reportedly left 680,000 Brazilian useless. “The obligations for this genocide should be investigated and should not go unpunished,” Lula stated.

On the left, Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva smiles during his election certification ceremony at the Supreme Electoral Court in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. On the right, then-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in a press conference on Oct. 29, 2022, in Río de Janeiro. 

On the left, Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva smiles throughout his election certification ceremony on the Supreme Electoral Courtroom in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. On the suitable, then-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in a press convention on Oct. 29, 2022, in Río de Janeiro. 
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At his elaborate inauguration — which included a motorcade, music pageant and tons of of 1000’s of supporters filling the central esplanade of the capital of Brasília – Lula introduced that he accepted a presidential green-and-yellow sash from “the Brazilian individuals.” 

Breaking custom, a rubbish collector handed the sash to the incoming president as a result of outgoing Bolsonaro wasn’t there to take action. 

“We sit up for persevering with the robust U.S.-Brazil partnership in commerce, safety, sustainability, innovation, and inclusion,” Biden administration U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted. “This is to a brilliant future for our international locations – and the world.”

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, right, Vice President Geraldo Alckmin, left, and his wife Maria Lucia Ribeiro, center, ride on an open car to the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, proper, Vice President Geraldo Alckmin, left, and his spouse Maria Lucia Ribeiro, heart, experience on an open automotive to the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.
(AP Photograph/Eraldo Peres)

King Charles additionally congratulated Lula, saying in a letter that he was “inspired to listen to you emphasize the pressing must sort out the local weather disaster in your victory speech and at COP27.”

Just a few hours earlier than reviews of his departure, Bolsonaro addressed the nation as president on his social media. At occasions on the verge of tears, Bolsonaro stated he wasn’t capable of finding a authorized different or sufficient help to vary the course of historical past and forestall his departure from workplace.

“How troublesome it has been to remain quiet for 2 months, working to seek out options,” he stated. “In case you’re upset, put your self in my place. I gave my life to this nation.”

Bolsonaro additionally condemned a latest bomb menace in Brasilia, saying it was not the time to assault individuals however reasonably to attempt to construct opposition in opposition to the longer term authorities.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives to the Planalto Palace with a group representing diverse segments of society after he was sworn in as new president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives to the Planalto Palace with a gaggle representing numerous segments of society after he was sworn in as new president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 
(AP Photograph/Eraldo Peres)

“We misplaced a battle, however we is not going to lose the warfare,” he stated. “The world doesn’t finish on Jan. 1.”

A crowd of supporters stood exterior the presidential residence within the pouring rain listening for an indication from their chief, and lots of have been left disenchanted. Some shouted the phrases “traitor” and “coward.” One girl cried, in keeping with The Related Press. 

President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, his wife Rosangela Silva, second from left, Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, right, and his wife Maria Lucia Ribeiro, ride on an open car to Congress for their swearing-in ceremony, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 

President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, his spouse Rosangela Silva, second from left, Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, proper, and his spouse Maria Lucia Ribeiro, experience on an open automotive to Congress for his or her swearing-in ceremony, in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 
(AP Photograph/Andre Penner)

Since his electoral loss, a few of Bolsonaro’s most die-hard supporters have been tenting exterior army buildings in Brasilia and elsewhere within the nation, asking for the armed forces to intervene. Many believed election outcomes have been fraudulent or unreliable and hoped Bolsonaro would someway stay in energy.

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Others have blocked roads and highways or set buses and vehicles on fireplace. Police are additionally investigating the tried invasion of the federal police’s headquarters in Brasilia earlier this month and stated many of the 32 people they’re on the lookout for have had contacts with the Brasilia pro-Bolsonaro encampment.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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