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 Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 21:19 GMT
In pictures: Lula's inauguration
Brazil's new president, working-class hero Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has been sworn in amid scenes of near euphoria in the capital Brasilia.

Tens of thousands of people attended the inauguration, which Mr da Silva, known widely as Lula, described as a "party for the people".

Organiser arranges balloons
The party atmosphere was obvious from the very beginning.

Native Brazilians from the south outside Brasilia cathedral
Brazilians came from all over the country to welcome the new president.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez signs autograph
Distinguished guests included the beleaguered Venezuelan president.

Native Brazilian from the state of Pernambuco [photo: AP]
Among others, Lula has championed the rights of native Brazilians [photo: AP].

Lula arriving for inauguration
Lula arrived for the ceremony in an open-topped Rolls Royce.

People climb flagpole outside parliament [photo: AP]
Some people were prepared to do anything to get a better view [photo: AP].

Signing ceremony
Lula took office as Congress President Ramez Tebet looked on.

Lula gives speech to Congress
He used his inauguration speech to call for radical change.
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"Lula won October's election by a massive margin"

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