President prioritized commitments abroad in the first year of his term and intends to reduce international travel in 2024

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) spent 70 days outside Brazil since assuming his 3rd term in 2023. The head of the Executive returned from a 3-day trip to Guyana and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean, on the night on Friday (1st March 2024).

It was the president’s 2nd international trip in 2024. Also in February, the PT member visited Egypt and Ethiopia for 5 days.

In 2023, Lula spent 62 days outside Brazil. In total, the president visited 4 continents, visiting 24 countries in a total of 15 trips. The PT member prioritized international commitments under the argument that he needed to recover Brazil’s image in the world after the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL). In early November, he claimed to have achieved his goal.

Lula intends to tour the Brazilian states in 2024 to launch works and support allies who will compete in municipal elections. The PT (Workers’ Party) aims to increase the number of mayors in large cities.

In the last municipal election, in 2020, the PT managed to elect 182 mayors – its worst performance since at least 2000. It lost control of 71 city halls compared to the previous election.

Lula, however, spent more time abroad in January and February 2024 than in the same period in 2023. There were 10 days on two trips this year compared to 6 days on two trips the previous year.


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