Lula was sworn in as president of Brazil


Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been sworn in as Brazil’s new president – his third time in the country’s highest office.

The veteran left-wing politician, popularly known as Lula, also led the country between 2003 and 2010 – and defeated Jair Bolsonaro in October’s election.

There has been tight security for the ceremony amid fears Bolsonaro’s supporters could try to disrupt it and cause riots or even casualties.

Bolsonaro himself did not attend, having left Brazil for the US on Friday.

Scores of supporters of the 77-year-old gathered outside Congress from the early hours of the morning – decked out in the red colors of the Workers’ Party. They traveled to see their leader – but also for a party.

More than 60 artists – including Samba legend Martinho da Vila – will perform on two giant stages decorated with the national flag as part of a music festival called “Lulapalooza”.

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