© Reuters. President-elect of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a gathering at COP27 local weather summit, in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
By Catarina Demony
LISBON (Reuters) -Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva travelled from the COP27 summit in Egypt to Portugal on Friday to inform officers that his nation is again to “regular” as he strives to enhance overseas ties and Brazil’s picture overseas.
The leftist, who received the presidential election final month in opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, is because of begin his third time period in January. Till then, he’s on a mission to inform the world that “Brazil is again”.
Throughout firebrand Bolsonaro’s 4 years in workplace, Brazil’s ties with many different nations frayed, not least as a result of Amazon (NASDAQ:) deforestation soared below his watch.
On Wednesday, Lula obtained a famous person welcome at COP27 as he pledged to recommit the rainforest nation to tackling the local weather disaster and provided to host future U.N. local weather talks. The president-elect met with local weather envoys from China and the US, in addition to the EU local weather coverage chief.
In Portugal, Lula met President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Friday.
At a information convention with Costa, Lula mentioned Brazil was once a “blissful” and “hopeful” nation but it surely grew to become “unhappy” as a result of Bolsonaro didn’t “need to speak with anyone”.
“No person wished to go to Brazil as a result of his (Bolsonaro’s) behaviour was completely anti-Brazil and anti-democratic,” Lula mentioned. “(However) I need to inform you that Brazil has returned to normality.
“Brazil, after the election, has been returning to being a cheerful nation.”
After touchdown, the president-elect had lunch at a restaurant in Lisbon and was welcomed by a crowd of supporters. Brazilians – who communicate Portuguese – make up Portugal’s largest migrant group and Lisbon has the most important variety of Brazilian voters outdoors the South American nation.
As he met Rebelo de Sousa on the president’s official residence, supporters sporting pink, the color of Lula’s Staff Occasion, gathered outdoors.
Andre Eduardo, 37, mentioned Lula’s win was a “gigantic victory in opposition to fascism”.
Some Bolsonaro supporters additionally confirmed up, shouting and accusing Lula of being a “thief”. One, Muria Tureiques, mentioned Lula “wasn’t elected by the individuals” and claimed he “stole the election”.
Forward of the vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly made baseless accusations about Brazil’s voting system. Ultimately, though he didn’t concede, Bolsonaro didn’t block the handover of energy. A few of his supporters, nonetheless, have refused to just accept the outcome.
The COP27 summit was Lula’s first overseas journey since being elected however Portugal is his first bilateral go to.
“We consider that by selecting Portugal as the primary nation for a bilateral go to after his election, he’s giving a really sturdy sign,” Overseas Minister Joao Cravinho advised Lusa information company.
Bolsonaro didn’t go to Portugal throughout his time in workplace, and in July this 12 months he cancelled a gathering with Portugal’s president in Brazil as a result of the Portuguese chief had additionally made plans to satisfy Lula.
“Let’s resume dialogue for the very best of our peoples,” Lula wrote on Twitter earlier on Friday.