Brazil's Bolsonaro bids a tearful farewell ahead of Lula inauguration

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Brazil's outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has not acknowledged his electoral defeat, bid followers a tearful farewell Friday without stating whether he would attend Sunday's inauguration of victor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In a live broadcast on social media, the far-right Bolsonaro assured supporters that "we will not see the world end on January 1" when leftist Lula takes office.

"We have a great future ahead," he declared, adding: "Battles are lost, but we will not lose the war."

It was Bolsonaro's first live address since his narrow October defeat, after which the active social media user fell uncharacteristically silent.

Lula had won the election with 50.9 percent of the vote to Bolsonaro's 49.1 percent.

Lula is to receive the presidential sash in an elaborate ceremony in Brasilia on Sunday. Normally it would be bestowed by the outgoing president.

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Bolsonaro has plans to travel to the United States after his term ends, but has not clarified when he will leave nor whether he will be present at Sunday's inauguration.

The presidency has authorized a delegation to travel with Bolsonaro to Miami from January 1 to 30 to provide "security and personal support to the future former president of the Republic," according to Friday's government gazette.

(AFP)


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