01/01/2011NEWS IN ENGLISH – Dilma Rousseff takes oath of office today Newsroom Agência Brasil
Brasilia – The inauguration of Brazil’s first female president begins today at 2:00 pm when she leaves the Cathedral of Brasilia in a Rolls Royce (a 1952 Silver Wraith with the top down if it is not raining – but rain is forecast). She will travel from one end of the mall (“Esplanada dos Ministérios”) to the other where the National Congress building is located.
At 2:30 pm a ceremony will take place inside the Congress when Dilma and vice president Michel Temer will take their oaths of office (“…maintain, defend and comply with the Constitution, obey the laws, promote the general welfare of the Brazilian people, sustain the union, integrity and independence of Brazil.”). The ceremony will be attended by members of Congress, the Judiciary, the cabinet, representatives of foreign governments and members of the families of the president and vice president.
At 4:30 pm, Dilma will arrive (again, by Rolls Royce) at the Brazilian White House (“Palacio do Planalto”). Dilma will be met at the bottom of the entrance ramp by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and together they will walk up to a podium where Lula will pass the presidential sash (“faixa”) to Dilma who will then make her inaugural speech. At 5:00 pm, inside the palacio, she will receive compliments from representatives of foreign governments. At 5:30 pm she will preside over a ceremony where her cabinet will take office.
After the cabinet is officially installed, Lula will bid farewell and leave for the airport where he will fly to São Paulo.
At 6:30 pm Dilma and Temer will host a cocktail at the Foreign Ministry (“Palacio do Itamaraty”) for Brazilian authorities and foreign representatives. This event is scheduled to end at 9:00 pm..
It is expected that some 1,700 people will be present at the various events during the Dilma Rousseff inauguration today. Among them will be around 50 representatives of foreign governments, including 12 heads of state.
On Sunday, January 2, Dilma will go to work. She has scheduled meetings with the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez and Uruguay, José Mujica; the prime ministers of South Korea, Kim Hwang-Sik, and Portugal, José Socrates; the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and the first vice president of Cuba, José Ramón Machado. She will also meet the former prime minister of Japan, Taro Aso, and from Spain, the prince of Asturias, Felipe.
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English