Congress will have a solemn session for 200 years of Brazilian Independence

Congress will have a solemn session for 200 years of Brazilian Independence
Congress will have a solemn session for 200 years of Brazilian Independence

200 years ago, in September 1822, the Independence of Brazil, then a colony of Portugal, was proclaimed. To commemorate the Bicentennial of Independence, a solemn session at the National Congress will bring together the heads of state of Brazil, Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies, as well as former presidents of Brazil and the presidents of Congress and the Chamber of Deputies. The session is scheduled for Thursday (8), at 10 am.

The session will be held in the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies. The president of the National Congress, Senator Rodrigo Pacheco; the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro; the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira; the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo; and the first secretary of the Board of the National Congress, deputy Luciano Bivar.

In addition to them, former presidents of the Republic and foreign heads of state must be present in the plenary. The delegations from Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Mozambique have already confirmed their presence. All, like Brazil, are former Portuguese colonies, but their independence was only recognized a century and a half later, in the 1970s.

During the session, the National Anthem will be performed by the Marine Corps Symphonic Band. There will also be a performance of the Independence Anthem by the Senate choir.

Responsible for organizing the event, the director of the Public Relations and Organizational Communication Department, Ana Lucia Novelli, explained that ceremonies like this, with the reception of heads of state, have protocols to be followed, such as the presence of the Dragons of Independence and the ramp climb with red carpet.

— From the point of view of the Public Relations area, the biggest challenge we had in preparing the event was to follow and make our event compatible with the rules and norms of international protocol. We work together with Itamaraty, but we also work internally,” he explained.

Schedule

The session’s schedule is extensive and begins earlier, at 8:30 am, with the arrival of the military who will participate in the external training of the ceremony. At 8:45 am, the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber arrive at the Palace of Congress. Soon after, at 8:55 am, foreign heads of state and former presidents of Brazil begin to arrive. The presidents of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo, are already confirmed; from Cape Verde, José Maria Neves; and from Guinea Bissau, Umaro El Mokhtar Sissoco. A representative of the president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, should also attend.

They will be welcomed by the Presidents of Congress and the Chamber and, after a welcome breakfast, will participate in the opening of the exhibition. 200 Years of Citizenship: The People and Parliamentalso part of the commemorations of the Bicentennial of Independence.

Jointly made by the Senate Museum and the Cultural Center of the Chamber of Deputies, the show revisits Independence to show the evolution of civil, political, social, ethnic-racial and collective rights, up to the most recent legislative achievements. The exhibition will be open for viewing in the Black Hall of Congress from September 10 to December 1, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.

After the opening of the exhibition in the Black Room, the guests will proceed to the solemn session in the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies. The closing of the session is scheduled for noon. (Senate Agency)


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