Lula says he came to Portugal to “learn” with success from Costa and Marcelo
In addition to the meeting – which lasted over an hour – and statements to journalists, Lula da Silva and António Costa dined in São Bento
The president-elect of Brazil, Lula da Silva, said this Friday that he came to Portugal to “learn” with the “success” of the Prime Minister and the President of the Portuguese Republic, hailing the “political cleverness” of Marcelo and the politicians of Coast.
At a joint press conference with the Portuguese Prime Minister in São Bento, Lisbon, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that he came to Portugal to “learn from the political acumen of the President [da República] Marcelo” and with António Costa.
“I came to learn from the Prime Minister, António Costa, because they invented a ‘contraption’ that, as far as we know, won as an election. Afterwards, he corrected the Portuguese economy. Afterwards, I saw the news that he was going to lose, that it wasn’t working out. And what happened was that he alone won and made the majority”, praised Lula da Silva, with the Portuguese prime minister by his side.
“So, I also came here to learn about the success of these two – the President, the Prime Minister – to see if we can do the same in Brazil and make it work”, he declared.
Lula da Silva arrived at the prime minister’s official residence at 8 pm, accompanied by his wife Janja, with the leader of the Portuguese executive and his wife, Fernanda Tadeu, waiting for him.
In addition to the meeting – which lasted over an hour – and statements to journalists, Lula da Silva and António Costa will also have dinner in São Bento.
The President-elect of Brazil is visiting Portugal after having participated in the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27), in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has already served two terms as President of Brazil, between 2003 and 2011, was elected again on October 30, in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, with 50.9% of the votes, defeating the head of state Brazilian incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro.
As general secretary of the PS, António Costa expressed support for Lula da Silva’s candidacy in the Brazilian presidential elections.