Lula leaves office as Brazil's 'most popular' president
31 December 2010 Last updated at 06:33 GMT
Brazillian President Lula da Silva will leave office as the most popular president in Brazilian history, boasting approval ratings of about 80%.
His popularity can in part be credited to Brazil's economic growth but also that he is the first president many Brazilians feel the could identify with.
Paulo Cabral reports.