The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and former presidents José Mujica and Julio María Sanguinetti traveled together on Sunday by plane to the capital of Brazill, where they attended the inauguration ceremony of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
as far as he could tell EFEThey did so on a private flight that left from the Carrasco International Airport, on the outskirts of the Uruguayan capital, at 10:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
In a video you can see the moment in which the Uruguayan president together with the former presidents board the plane together, and then they are seen sharing and chatting with each other. The images are a sample of the healthy democratic coexistence in the South American country, a scenario opposite to that of other countries in Latin America. For example, in Brazil, former President Bolsonaro did not attend Lula’s inauguration and traveled to the United States.
Following an invitation from the president, Sanguinetti (1985-1990 and 1995-2000), of the center-right Colorado Partyand Mujica (2010-2015), from the leftist Frente Amplio, accompanied Lacalle Pou -also from the center-right National Party- and its foreign minister, Francisco Bustillo, at the ceremony in Brasilia.
Mujica, who, as he pointed out to the press last Friday, already had a plan to go because he was “quite an old friend” of Lula, accepted the proposal to go with Lacalle despite their political-ideological differences for considering that “the image of the country is what counts”.
Something similar was expressed by Lacalle Pou, who said that his invitation demonstrates an “institutional and republican democratic continuity” that in today’s world “few countries in the entire globe can show.”
Twenty years after the first time, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva assumed the Presidency of Brazil this Sunday in the presence of authorities from fifty countries and with a great popular festival that brought together some 300,000 people.
Lula was in power for two consecutive periods, between 2003 and 2010, and returned to the Presidency at the age of 77 and after a very tough electoral campaign in which he defeated the far-right Jair Bolsonaro in the second round and by just 1.8 percentage points.
The inauguration ceremony was held in the midst of a vast police operation, which mobilized some 15,000 agents from all the State security forces, due to threats from violent groups of the Bolsonaro extreme right.
These radicals have caused serious disorder in Brasilia in recent weeks and have even tried to blow up a tanker truck at the airport with a homemade bomb.
With information from EFE