Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sworn in as the new president of Brazil

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sworn in as the new president of Brazil.

The third time that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has served as president of Brazil, he has taken the oath of office. The well-known left-wing politician Lula, who served as president from 2003 and 2010, also defeated Jair Bolsonaro in the election of October. Lula promised to reconstruct a nation that was in “awful ruins” in his inaugural speech.

He criticized his predecessor’s policies, who left for the US on Friday to skip the handover ceremony.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sworn in as the new president of Brazil.

Since early in the morning, a sea of Lula fans had assembled in front of Congress, dressed in the red of his Workers’ Party. They traveled for both a celebration and to witness their leader being sworn in.

As part of a music festival called “Lulapalooza,” more than 60 performers, including Samba great Martinho da Vila, were scheduled to take the stage on two enormous platforms draped in the country’s flag.

“Love has won over hate,” read one banner carried by a man dressed as Lula – complete with a presidential sash

“Brazil needed this change, this transformation,” said another backer of the incoming leader as she queued for Sunday’s festivities.

Juliana Barreto, a native of Lula’s home state of Pernambuco, told the BBC that her nation had previously been “a disaster.”

Before arriving at the Congress building, where the swearing-in took place to kick off the official inauguration ceremony, Lula and the incoming Vice-President Geraldo Alckmin paraded through the city in an open-top convertible.

The guys have been choosing their cabinet and appointing allies to important state-owned companies over the past few days.

Lula promised to “rebuild the nation and construct a Brazil of all, for all” shortly after taking office in an effort to inspire hope in the Brazilian people.

He pulled out his hanky on multiple occasions. His most moving speech was to the Brazilian people following the swearing-in ceremony, when he broke down in tears while discussing individuals who ply their trade at traffic lights.