Opposition announces boycott of the inauguration of the elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

São Paulo, Brazil – The Workers’ Party (PT), which ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2016, the Socialist and Freedom Party and the Communist Party announced today that they will boycott the inauguration of the new Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, on Tuesday.

The three left-wing parties, opposed to Bolsonaro, from the extreme right, have made public that the deputies elected by those political forces will not attend the ceremony in Brasilia.

The PT, which had as its first candidate Lula da Silva – a former Brazilian president and currently serving a prison sentence – and then Fernando Haddad, who questioned the electoral process after the results were established, the Socialist Party and Freedom and the Party Communist Party of Brazil have 75 of the 513 deputies in the Lower House.

For the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as President of Brazil are expected on January 1 at least a dozen heads of state and government, as well as delegations from around 60 countries.

Among the confirmed leaders are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Latin American Presidents such as Evo Morales (Bolivia), Ivan Duque (Colombia), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Juan Orlando Hernández (Honduras), Mario Abdo Benitez (Paraguay) ), Martin Vizcarra (Peru), and Tabare Vazquez (Uruguay).

Also present will be the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Morocco, Saadedine Othmani, and the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, among others.