Opinion

Lula’s transition provides a window into coming government

The incoming government has begun its transition, which will run until the January 1 inauguration. The mix of officials Lula has called up will give an indication as to how his administration will operate as of next year

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President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, visiting his transition HQ for the first time. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

For supporters of the victor, the presidential transition is always defined in some measure by a blend of hope and misgivings. This is true in terms of policies and personnel. 

When former president — and now president- elect — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva first won in 2002, it became clear shortly after the election that the country’s economic picture was gloomier than had been assumed. During November 2002, for example, a key Lula ally leading the transition from the outgoing Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration implied that the federal government had artificially tamped down gas prices during the campaign before...

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