At least twelve heads of state, mostly from neighboring countries of South America, have confirmed so far their presence in the inauguration of the far right Jair Bolsonaro as the new president of Brazil on January 1, official sources reported today.
In the list of confirmed among the 60 delegations expected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the investiture also include 3 vice presidents, 11 foreign ministers, 16 special envoys and 3 directors of multilateral organizations, according to the state Agency Brazil.
Among the heads of state of confirmed Latin American countries are the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales; Colombia, Iván Duque; Chile, Sebastián Piñera; Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez; Peru, Martín Vizcarra, and Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez.
Although the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, appears on some lists of expected leaders, his presence has not yet been confirmed, but the president of Brazil's main trading partner in South America already announced an official visit to Brazil on January 16 next to meet with Bolsonaro.
Argentina, however, already confirmed the presence in Brasilia next Tuesday of its chancellor, Jorge Fauri.
Another confirmed head of state for the investiture in Brazil is the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, who will disembark in Rio de Janeiro this Friday for a first meeting with Bolsonaro before his inauguration.
Also attending the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza; the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán; the Prime Minister of Morocco, Saadedine Othmani, and the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca.
The representative of the United States will be his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and that of China the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the Popular Assembly, Ji Bingxuan.
The Spanish delegation will be headed by the president of the Congress, Ana Pastor, and by the vice minister of International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Juan Pablo de la Iglesia, while the head of the Italian delegation will be his minister of Agriculture.
The great absentees will be the presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, who came to be invited to the investiture by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry before the Bolsonaro team vetoed their presence.
The far-right leader, who considers the leaders of both countries as "dictators", won the presidential election last October in the second round of the progressive Fernando Haddad, the candidate of the Workers' Party (PT), the formation led by the imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and who ruled Brazil for 13 years.