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“I will govern for 215 million Brazilians and not just for those who voted for me”

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, promised today in a speech to his supporters at the Planalto Palace, shortly after receiving the presidential sash, that he will govern for 215 million Brazilians and not just for their voters.

“I also want to address those who opted for other candidates. I will govern for the 215 million Brazilian men and women and not just for those who voted for me. I will govern for everyone, looking at our bright future in common, and not through the rear view mirror of a past”, said the new Brazilian President, in a speech in which he showed emotion several times.

“No one is interested in a country on a permanent war footing, or a family living in disharmony. It’s time to reconnect with friends and family, broken by hate speech and the spread of so many lies. The Brazilian people reject the violence of a small minority,” he added.

The progressive leader recalled a speech he gave after the result of the second round of the presidential election, on October 30, about the need to unite Brazil.

“There are not two Brazils. We are one country, one great nation. We are all Brazilian men and women, and we share the same virtue: we never give up”, he said.

“Even if they pluck all the flowers from us, one by one, petal by petal, we know that it is always time to replant, and that spring will come. And spring has already arrived. Today, joy takes over Brazil, arm in arm with hope”, he added.

The Brazilian President also reaffirmed his campaign commitment, which will be to fight inequality and extreme poverty, and promised that he will work for every person to have the right to food, referring to the 33 million Brazilians who are currently starving.

“Hunger is the offspring of inequality, which is the mother of the great evils that delay the development of Brazil. Inequality diminishes our country of continental dimensions, by dividing it into parts that cannot be recognized”, said Lula da Silva.

As he spoke, Lula da Silva became emotional and was interrupted a few times by his supporters who crowded the space in front of the Planalto Palace to hear his first speech to the population, calling him a “warrior of the Brazilian people.”

The minister also mentioned that in the country there is “a great deal of abandonment and dismay in the streets. Mothers digging for garbage in search of food for their children. Entire families sleeping outside, facing the cold, the rain and the fear.”

“Line outside the butcher shops, looking for bones to alleviate hunger. And, at the same time, queues for the purchase of private jets. Such a social abyss is an obstacle to the construction of a fair and democratic society, and a prosperous and modern economy”, fired Lula da Silva, stressing the enormous social inequality present in the country.

Lula da Silva took office today as the 39th President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, with a term that runs until December 31, 2026.

After passing through Congress, the new President of Brazil went to the Planalto Palace where he went up the ramp in front of Praça dos Três Poderes to speak in front of an audience of up to 40,000 people, a limit authorized by security.

Organizers estimated that at least 300,000 people are in Brasilia for the inauguration of the progressive leader in an event that includes a music festival.

Lula da Silva will go to the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to host a reception closed to the public with several guests from more than 65 foreign delegations, including heads of state, vice presidents, heads of diplomacy, special envoys and representatives of international organizations.

The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho, and the former Prime Minister and personal friend of Lula da Silva, José Sócrates, will be present at the celebrations.

Also the presidents of Angola, João Lourenço; from Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta; from Cape Verde, José Maria Neves; of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, and the executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Zacarias da Costa, will be present.

Lula da Silva (Workers’ Party) is the first head of state to serve three terms in Brazil’s recent history. A six-time candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, he was the first labor leader to reach the most important post in the country’s political leadership.

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