Lula’s travel on a businessman’s jet could cost R$2.8 million

Lula's travel on a businessman's jet could cost R$2.8 million

In Portugal, the president-elect was asked about the expenses and said he had ‘hitchhiked’ with his businessman friend.

22 Nov
2022
– 09:42

(Updated at 10:07 am)

Lula and US Climate Representative John Kerry

Lula and US Climate Representative John Kerry

Photo: instagram/@lulaoficial

Travel of the President’s Choice Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (EN) went to Egypt to participate COP27Then on to Portugal, where he meets with heads of state, which could cost up to R$2.8 million, according to a survey by the newspaper. Folha DS. Paolo

Lula traveled in a 12-seat Gulfstream model jet owned by businessman Jose Seripieri Filho, founder of QualiCorp and a longtime friend of the PT member.

According to a quote by the newspaper, it costs R$ 2.8 million to rent a model similar to the one used on Lula’s trips – a Legacy 650. The aircraft has space for 14 passengers and requires a stop to refuel.

In Portugal, when the president-elect was asked about the expenses, he said he had ‘hitchhiked’ with his businessman friend and had to accept favors again on new trips until his inauguration. Argentina and Uruguay visits on the radar. Traveling to these countries on an executive jet costs about R$140,000, the paper says.

Lula in Lisbon

Lula in Lisbon

Photo: Rodrigo Antunes / Reuters

If he is responsible, the president-elect also said. Jair Bolsonaro The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) must have offered the plane for the trip, as there was no budget to cover the expenses of a president-elect during the transition period.

“There is no prediction today that a trip like this would be made on a FAB flight [Força Aérea Brasileira] This has not been promised by the current government of the President [Jair Bolsonaro] “Didn’t go to the COP”, Lula’s advice stated, and the PT’s trip to Egypt and Portugal benefited Brazil in image in the world’s implications.

The issue created repercussions among Lula’s allies. Araraquara mayor Edino Silva (PT), who coordinated the presidential campaign, told the publication that a change in legislation was needed to include a budget for transition costs: “In other countries, this type of support that President Lula is receiving is unquestionably living.”

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