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With a ‘again to normality’ message, Brazil’s Lula seeks to enhance overseas ties By Reuters

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© 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 gained the presidential election final month towards 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 international locations frayed, not least as a result of Amazon (NASDAQ:) deforestation soared below his watch.

On Wednesday, Lula acquired 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 america, 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 a “glad” and “hopeful” nation nevertheless it turned “unhappy” as a result of Bolsonaro didn’t “wish to speak with anyone”.

“No person needed to go to Brazil as a result of his (Bolsonaro’s) behaviour was completely anti-Brazil and anti-democratic,” Lula mentioned. “(However) I wish to inform you that Brazil has returned to normality.

“Brazil, after the election, has been returning to being a cheerful nation.”

‘GIGANTIC VICTORY’

After touchdown, the president-elect had lunch at a restaurant in Lisbon and was welcomed by a crowd of supporters. Brazilians – who converse Portuguese – make up Portugal’s largest migrant group and Lisbon has the biggest variety of Brazilian voters exterior the South American nation.

As he met Rebelo de Sousa on the president’s official residence, supporters sporting crimson, the color of Lula’s Employees Get together, gathered exterior.

Andre Eduardo, 37, mentioned Lula’s win was a “gigantic victory towards 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 folks” 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, nevertheless, 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 imagine that by selecting Portugal as the primary nation for a bilateral go to after his election, he’s giving a really sturdy sign,” International Minister Joao Cravinho instructed 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 fulfill Lula.

“Let’s resume dialogue for the very best of our peoples,” Lula wrote on Twitter earlier on Friday.

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