Steinmeier – “Brazil is back on the international stage”
Lula da Silva has been sworn in as the President of Brazil. Federal President Steinmeier also attended the swearing-in ceremony for the left-wing politician. The elections and inauguration show “how exciting democracy is in Latin America’s largest country,” Steinmeier said.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been sworn in as the new president of Brazil. The 77-year-old was sworn in to Congress on Sunday. He earlier drove through the capital Brasilia in an open Rolls Royce with his wife Janja and new Vice President Geraldo Alcmin and his wife.
Thousands of supporters cheered him on. A dozen heads of state attended the inauguration, including Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After the celebrations, a huge music festival with more than 40 artists is planned.
After negotiations with the new President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave Brazil a prominent role in international relations. “It’s good to know that Brazil is back on the international stage,” Steinmeier said on Sunday, shortly before Lula’s inauguration in Brasilia. Asked what interest Germany had in Lula’s victory, Steinmeier said: “We need Brazil.”
According to Steinmeier, the “smoothly concluded presidential elections” and reshuffle show “how vibrant democracy is in Latin America’s largest country”. The federal president told journalists: “Here in Brazil, a new year begins, but also a new political era”.
Lula won the runoff for the presidency in a narrower than expected, with 50.9 percent against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro (49.1 percent). Lula received widespread support from the national and international media. With his electoral victory, the “People’s Republic of Latin America” is almost complete: all the major economies between Rio Bravo and Tierra del Fuego are now ruled by the left or the extreme left.
“We need a Brazilian political leadership – one that will play its part not only in economic cooperation, but also in protecting the global climate,” Steinmeier said. He was delighted to see Lula ready to fulfill this role perfectly with Brazil. “And he believes in the fact that not only Germany, but Germany is ready to cooperate internationally.”
Steinmeier announced that Germany will soon provide 35 million euros to the Amazon Fund to protect the rainforest. It’s money frozen under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. “Conserving the Earth’s green lungs, the Amazon rainforest, is important to all of us,” Steinmeier said.
The federal president met left-wing politician Lula on Saturday evening shortly after arriving in Brasilia. “Following the dialogue, I also have the impression that confidence is justified as far as the development of trade relations between South America and Europe is concerned,” Steinmeier said on Sunday. Lula has made it clear he will reverse Bolsonaro’s decision and renegotiate the Mercosur trade deal.
Lula ruled Latin America’s largest country from 2003 to 2010. He is now Brazil’s first democratically elected president and is serving a third term. He defeated his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, in a run-off election in October. Unusually, right-wing ex-servicemen did not participate in the swearing-in ceremony. He had already left for America with his family on Friday
Lula now faces huge challenges. After his predecessor deeply divided society and isolated the country, the new president wants to reconcile Brazil and bring it back to the international stage. Lula announced a firm environmental protection and climate policy and measures against rising hunger. However, he faces a Congress in which supporters of elected President Bolsonaro form the largest faction.
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