“Joy will take over.” This is the motto that translates the state of mind of various members of Lula da Silva’s campaign in the coming days. The president-elect in Brazil be nominated for office on January 1, 2023. The most prominent absence from the ceremony will be that of Jair Bolsonaro — the still head of state will be in the united states, where he traveled this Friday. But this is only one of the details.
The ceremony that marks the official return of Lula to the Planalto means a moment of renewal in Brazilian politics. Although Bolsonaro is still present and Congress has obtained a right-wing majority, the president-elect will try, starting on Sunday, to fulfill his promise to “unite Brazil” and bring the country “back to the world.” The first sign of this openness is the presence of leaders from dozens of countries at the ceremony, including Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The plan for the day is already laid out. Lula da Silva will arrive at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia, along with Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin, around 2:20 p.m. (local time, plus three hours in Lisbon). Ten minutes later the journey to the National Congress will begin, where the solemn session will begin at 3:00 p.m. It should take about 50 minutes and that’s when the new head of state will deliver the first speech. At 4:20 p.m., he will enter the Planalto Palace, where he will receive the sash.
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