Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Workers’ Party (PT) was sworn in as president of Brazil for a four-year term.
The inauguration of Lula da Silva and his Vice President Geraldo Alckmin took place at 3:00 pm local time (1800 GMT) on Sunday during a plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia.
This is Lula da Silva’s third presidential term and his return to power comes after having spent more than a year in prison between 2018 and 2019, due to a controversial sentence that was later annulled by the Supreme Court.
In October, Lula da Silva was elected president with 60.3 million votes, or 50.9 per cent of the vote, while then President Jair Bolsonaro obtained 58.2 million votes or 49.1 per cent.
After the elections, the president-elect stressed in recent weeks that he will govern for everyone and that it is necessary to unite the country.
Lula da Silva returns to the presidency with an agenda focused on strong social programs aimed at fighting poverty, under the motto “union and reconstruction.”