Brazil: Presidential palace in poor condition, says President Lula’s wife

Brazil: Presidential palace in poor condition, says President Lula’s wife


The First Lady of Brazil, Rosangela da Silva, known as “Janja”, during a visit to TV Globo, complained about the state in which the presidential palace of Alvorada was left.

Carpet with holes, broken windows, bare rooms… The First Lady of Brazil, Rosangela da Silva, nicknamed “Janja”, made a tour of the Alvorada Palace (Aurora) in Brasilia on Friday 6th. The 50-year-old, who married Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in May, said parts of the huge modernist building had “dilapidated” and that Lula was “quite sorry” when he visited the places where he lived in 2000.

“We’re thinking about putting things from inside the palace on the register of monuments so that it doesn’t happen again, that a president can’t take historical objects of the Brazilian state,” the first lady said.

The huge concrete, metal and glass palace occupied by President Jair Bolsonaro and his wife until last week is the official residence of the President of the Republic. It’s one of Brasilia’s architectural gems, thanks to Oscar Niemeyer.

Jair Bolsonaro lived in Alvorada for four years before leaving two days before the end of his term to attend Lula’s investiture on May 1is January, as is the democratic tradition.

Lula, 77, knows the palace well, having spent his first two terms there (2003-2020) with his then-wife Marisa Leticia, who has since passed away.

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