Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has confirmed his attendance at the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on January 1, based on reporting from Brazil’s Folha de S. Paulo newspaper.
After Bolsonaro’s election, Orbán pledged to upgrade relations between Brazil and Hungary, two states with relatively little geographic or historical connection, based on their shared nationalist values.
Bolsonaro has likewise expressed sympathy for Orbán’s anti-communist and anti-immigration outlook.
“[Hungary] is a country that has suffered a lot with communism in the past, a people that knows what dictatorship is,” Bolsonaro stated.
Bolsonaro’s incoming foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo, previously called for Brazil to form a new alliance with the Visegrad group of countries, including Hungary, with an “anti-globalist” basis.
Other confirmed guests at the inauguration include Colombian President Iván Duque and Paraguayan President Mario Abdo, both of whom have populist-nationalist views that overlap with Bolsonaro’s. They will be joined by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as his son, Yair. Although Italy’s de facto leader Matteo Salvini is unable to make the event, he is sending his Agriculture Minister, Gian Marco Centinaio, to represent the League in his place.
Centrist leaders such as Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also be in attendance. However, delegations from the socialist dictatorships of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba were banned from attending, with Bolivian strongman Evo Morales being the sole far-left leader invited.
The Bolsonaro inauguration is quickly becoming one of the hottest events of 2019, with a star-studded cast of patriotic leaders. Nationalists worldwide remain optimistic that the Bolsonaro presidency can serve as a successful model for other countries seeking to assert their sovereignty.