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Brazil's President-Elect Holds Transition Meetings - 2002-10-29

Brazilian President-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is discussing transition plans with the country's president and congressional leaders.

Honking horns and cheers greeted Mr. da Silva as he arrived at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia Tuesday to meet with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

The two men first held private discussions and then met with members of the Cardoso government who will help with the presidential transition.

Mr. da Silva, who is a former union leader, won a resounding victory in Sunday's runoff election, becoming the first leftist to be elected President in Brazil.

The President-elect, known to all as Lula, Monday unveiled his plans for governing the South American giant. These include programs to combat hunger and generate employment while maintaining fiscal stability and honoring Brazil's commitments to repay its massive debt. Mr. da Silva will be inaugurated January 1.