Regarding economic development, Lula emphasized that “Brazil can and must be a leader in the world economy.”
Courtesy | The 77-year-old political veteran embarks on a challenging new era
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as Brazil’s president this Sunday with a hugely popular celebration in the presence of at least 53 high-level foreign delegates, including 17 heads of state and government, and an estimated 300,000 people.
In his address to the National Congress, President-elect Lula sent a message of “hope and reconstruction” to his compatriots: “The great edifice of rights, sovereignty and development that this country has built has been systematically demolished in recent years. We will make every effort to rebuild this edifice,” he said.
Similarly, he spoke of rebuilding Brazil “for everyone” and criticized the use of a public machine in elections, mentioning defeated candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
“If we are here it is thanks to the political awareness of Brazilian society and the democratic front we have created. Democracy has won a great victory over the greatest mobilization of public and private resources ever seen; the most violent threats to the freedom to vote”, Lula highlighted.
In this case, the new Brazilian president said, “Let’s respond to hate with love. For lies, with truth. We will respond to terrorism and violence with the law and its severe consequences.
Additionally, he indicated that today he signed measures to reorganize the structures of the executive branch so that “they once again allow government to function in a rational, republican and democratic manner.”
Regarding economic development, Lula emphasized that “Brazil can and must be a leader in the world economy.” Therefore, the government’s primary task will be to “express digital transformation, bring Brazilian industry into the 21st century, support innovation, stimulate public-private collaboration, and strengthen science.”
Challenges and challenges for the new government
After recent riots in Brasilia and bomb attacks by supporters of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro, Lula, along with his vice president Geraldo Alkmin, begins a new term amid a tight security plan.
The 77-year-old political veteran begins a new period full of challenges: he will have to face a harsh economic situation, 33 million people hungry, 11 million unemployed, insecurity, environmental problems and complicated geopolitics.
Similarly, Lula knows he has to govern for “215 million Brazilians” and promised two countries that “do not exist”, but the results of the presidential election show that it will not be easy: the ballot boxes reflect a broken country. Two opposing views, and between a Congress and three important states dominated by Bolsonaro.
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