As Bolsonaro prepares to fly to the United States, Lula will be sworn in as Brazil’s president.

Crowds have gathered in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, ahead of the inauguration of the country’s next president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The veteran left-wing politician known as Lula held the presidency from 2003 to 2010, defeating Jair Bolsonaro in the October election.

The ceremony is being held under tight security due to fears that Bolsonaro supporters will try to disrupt it.

Mr. Bolsonaro will not be present because he left Brazil on Friday.

After delivering a tearful farewell to supporters, the populist incumbent reportedly flew to the US state of Florida.

“We have a fantastic future,” he said in a social media video. “Battles have been lost, but the war will not be lost.

Mr Bolsonaro has stated repeatedly that he does not wish to attend his successor’s inauguration, where he is expected to hand over the presidential sash as a sign of a stable transfer of power.

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