New Delhi [India]Jan 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Lula da Silva after defeating far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in the tightest presidential race in decades. Inaugurated as President of Brazil.
“My heartfelt congratulations to @LulaOficial on his inauguration as President of Brazil. I wish him success in his third term and look forward to working with him to strengthen India-Pakistan strategic partnership,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
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Security at the inauguration was beefed up after followers of his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro allegedly threatened violence. The ceremony kicked off with a parade of vehicles, musical performances and a speech by a Workers’ Party (PT) member.
“Our message to Brazil is hope and reconstruction,” Lula said in a speech in the lower house of Congress after he signed the document officially appointing him president, according to Al Jazeera.
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“The great edifice of rights, sovereignty and development that this country built has been systematically dismantled in recent years. We will do everything in our power to rebuild it,” he added.
Silva also pledged to fight to improve the lives of impoverished Brazilians, working towards racial and gender equality and achieving zero deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
Silva will become the country’s new president in October 2022. The politician, widely known as “Lula”, received 50.83 percent of the vote, with more than 98 percent counted in Sunday’s hotly contested runoff, compared with 49.17 percent for his opponent Bolsonaro. votes.
Earlier on Oct. 2, CNN reported that none of the candidates had achieved the 5 percent score needed to win the first round. Presidential candidates also voted on Sunday, as Lula voted at a public school in the São Paulo metropolitan area, while Bolsonaro voted early Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro.
Notably, this year’s election made more than 156 million people eligible to vote.
Lula, 76, has focused his campaign on removing Bolsonaro from government, touting his previous successes throughout. During his campaign, he advocated a new tax structure to increase public spending. He has vowed to root out the country’s hunger problem that has reemerged under Bolsonaro,
Bolsonaro, 67, is running for re-election under the conservative Liberal Party. He works to increase mining, privatize public companies and produce more sustainable energy to lower energy prices.
And, Lula is no stranger to controversy. In 2017, he was charged with corruption and money laundering in connection with a wide-ranging “Operation Car Wash” investigation into state oil company Petrobras. But after serving less than two years in prison, a Supreme Court judge quashed Lula’s conviction in March 2021, clearing the way for his sixth run for president. (Arnie)
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