Brazil’s Lula marries at 76 ahead of presidential election in October

19 May 2022, 10:44

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president and sociologist Rosangela Silva get married in Sao Paulo
Brazil Lula Wedding. Picture: PA

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was president in 2003-2010 and leads Jair Bolsonaro in the opinion polls heading into Brazil’s election in October.

Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the front-runner heading into Brazil’s presidential election in October, has married in a ceremony that had a political touch.

The 76-year-old leftist politician, who was president in 2003-2010 and leads incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in all opinion polls, wed sociologist Rosangela Silva, 55, before 150 guests who sang his old and new campaign songs more than once.

It was the third marriage for Lula, as he is known to Brazilians.

His two previous wives – Maria de Lourdes da Silva and Marisa Leticia – died.

Lula started his relationship with his new wife, nicknamed Janja, in 2017, when he was in jail following corruption convictions that were later overturned by Brazil’s Supreme Court.

“I decided to get married again because I believe Brazil can be fixed,” Lula said during the Roman Catholic ceremony, according to a statement.

“A man who is 76 years old and is in love like I am, willing to get married, can only want good things for this country.”

Lula’s bio on social media channels was quickly updated to add that he is now “Janja’s husband”.

The wedding’s location in Sao Paulo was kept secret until Wednesday afternoon due to fears of protests by Bolsonaro supporters, as have other events attended by Lula.

Guests included politicians, old friends of the couple and artists, including Grammy award winner Gilberto Gil.

As they left, they received souvenirs with an embroidered inscription reading O Amor Venceu (Love Has Won).

Lula has sought to characterise the presidential race as a fight between love and hatred, linking the latter in his speeches to Mr Bolsonaro’s campaign.

By Press Association

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