Uruguayan President Luis Lacall Bowe and former presidents Jose Mujica and Julio Maria Sanguinetti flew to the Brazilian capital on Sunday.They attended the inauguration of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
As far as he could tell EFEThey did so on a private plane that took off from Carrasco International Airport on the outskirts of the Uruguayan capital at 10:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
A video shows the moment the Uruguayan president and ex-president board a plane together, then share a chat with each other. The images are a model of healthy democratic coexistence in the South American country, which stands in stark contrast to other countries in Latin America. In Brazil, for example, former President Bolsonaro did not attend Lula’s inauguration and instead traveled to the United States.
Following the President’s call, the centre-right Sanguinetti (1985-1990 and 1995-2000) Colorado partyand Mujica (2010-2015), from the left-wing Frente Amplio, with LaCal Po – from the centre-right National Party – and its Foreign Minister Francisco Bustillo at a ceremony in Brasilia.
Mujica, an “old friend” of Lula’s, already had a plan to go, as he pointed out to reporters last Friday. Despite their politico-ideological differences, they agreed to go with Lagall For thinking that “the image of the country is what matters”..
Something similar was expressed by Lacalle Pou, who said that his call demonstrates “institutional and republican democratic continuity” that “few countries in the entire world can show” in today’s world.
For the first time in twenty years, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took office this Sunday as president of Brazil in the presence of officials from fifty countries and with a huge popular festival that brought together about 300,000 people.
Lula was in power for two consecutive terms between 2003 and 2010 and returned to the presidency at the age of 77 and after a fierce election campaign in which he defeated far-right Jair Bolsonaro in the second round and by just 1.8 percentage points.
The swearing-in ceremony was held amid a massive police operation that mobilized around 15,000 agents from all state security forces due to the threat. Violent groups of the Bolsonaro far-right.
The militants have caused widespread unrest in Brasilia in recent weeks and attempted to blow up a tanker truck at the airport with a homemade bomb.
With information from EFE