Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lula rescinded key policies of Bolsonaro on his first day in office

(CNN) — Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on his first day as president after taking office this Sunday repealed the measures of Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

Lula repudiated the easing of firearms and ammunition controls by Bolsonaro, which encouraged the carrying of weapons in Brazil.

Lula da Silva also re-established the Amazon Fund, which uses foreign money to combat deforestation in the region and for projects that preserve the environment. Germany and Norway have been the main sponsors of the Amazon Fund so far. Under Bolsonaro, the bottom was left untouched, while then-environmental minister Ricardo Salles disbanded the committees responsible for managing the resource.

Lula da Silva receives the presidential seal 1:49

The new president has approved the rebuilding of Brazil’s main environmental agency, Ibama, after Bolsonaro severely cut its budget.

Lula signed a decree establishing a federal monthly benefit of 600 reais (about US$113) for low-income families. The program’s original name, Bolsa Familia, was restored. Bolsonaro changed the name to Auxilio Brasil during his administration.

Lula also extended a fuel tax cut, a measure introduced by Bolsonaro through 2022 that reduced prices at gas stations, to expire at the end of the year. Lula extended it for 60 days. The move is seen by many as populist and controversial, as it starved the federal administration of resources.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Brazilian indigenous leader and environmentalist Roni Metucteire, January 1, 2023. Credit: EVARISTO SA / AFP via Getty Images

These last two acts are “provisional measures”, that is, they have been established for 60 days to allow time for discussion and voting by Congress.

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