12 heads of state confirmed their presence at Lula’s inauguration

Invitations were sent to all countries with which Brazil maintains diplomatic relations; transition is still evaluating how it will invite Nicolás Maduro, from Venezuela

The future 1st lady, Rosângela da Silva, and ambassador Fernando Igreja, announced this Wednesday (Dec.7.2022) that 12 heads of state have already confirmed their presence at the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) in January 1st. On Monday (5.Dec.2022), the transition team invited the leaders of all countries with which Brazil has diplomatic relations.

According to Igreja, the invitations were sent via Itamaraty to the embassies present in the country. Confirmed presence until this Wednesday the Heads of State of:

  • Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier;
  • Angola, João Lourenço;
  • Argentina, Alberto Fernandez;
  • Bolivia, Luis Arce;
  • Cape Verde, José Maria Neves;
  • Chile, Gabriel Boric;
  • Colombia, Gustavo Petro;
  • Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves;
  • Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló;
  • Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa;
  • East Timor, José Ramos-Horta; and
  • Spain, Felipe VI.

For the Church, confirmation by heads of state and other authorities means a “Reintegration of Brazil on the world stage”.

According to Igreja, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, was not invited because Brazil broke off diplomatic relations with the neighboring country. A decree signed in August 2019 by President Jair Bolsonaro prevents high-ranking Venezuelan officials from entering Brazil.

The invitation to Maduro was not sent via Itamaraty, but it will be done in another way. “Evidently, this situation is being dealt with here by the transition team so that we can transmit the invitation to President Maduro as a representative of Venezuela. We are working internally to find a solution.”said.

The future Lula government intends to review the diplomatic relationship with Venezuela, returning to recognize Maduro and his government.

Igreja said that foreign ministers and authorities from other countries have also confirmed their presence at Lula’s inauguration, but did not say which ones they are. Personalities, such as former US President Barack Obama, have not yet been officially invited, but contacts are being made and should be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Janja said that 300,000 people are expected at the Esplanada dos Ministérios on inauguration day. She organizes the “Festival of the Future”dubbed on social media as “Lulapalooza”, in reference to the Lollapalooza festival. There are already more than 30 artists confirmed for the event, which will be held at Esplanada dos Ministérios.

Janja confirmed that Lula will make the traditional parade in an open car on the Esplanada. According to her, however, there is suspicion on the part of the transition group that the Rolls-Royce, always used in presidential inaugurations, would be damaged. The team will check the status of the vehicle in the next few days.

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Protocols for ownership

According to Janja, the fireworks used in the inauguration, as well as the 21-gun salute, are being reassessed at the request of entities linked to people with autism and animal causes. The noise caused in the 2 moments can frighten or cause other complications for this audience.

According to the future 1st lady, using fireworks that don’t make noise is considered. The gun salute will need to be reviewed together with Congress, which is responsible for this part of the ceremony. The rules of presidential inauguration were defined during the military dictatorship and practically nothing has been revised until today.

Art exposition

The group that organizes the presidential inauguration also announced an art exhibition that will be open to the public throughout the month of January at the Museum of the Republic in Brasília. Call of “Brazil of the Future Exhibition: the Forms of Democracy”it is being organized by the PT’s national culture secretary, Márcio Tavares, by actor and comedian Paulo Vieira and by historian and editor Lilia Schwarcz.

According to Tavares, the exhibition will feature part of the collections of the Museum of the Republic, the Museum of Art of Brasília, the Presidency of the Republic and galleries of contemporary Brazilian artists.

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