Bolsonaro breaks silence, says he will follow Brazil’s constitution | Jair Bolsonaro news
Jair Bolsonaro has said he will respect Brazil’s constitution after losing an election to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which he nearly broke. two days of public silence it raised fears that the far-right leader was preparing to reject the results.
In a brief statement to reporters at Brazil’s presidential palace Tuesday afternoon, Bolsonaro did not comment on his loss. Sunday’s second round or concede defeat to Lula, but he thanked his supporters for their support.
“I’ve always been labeled undemocratic, and unlike my accusers, I have always respected the framework of the Constitution,” he said. “As the President of the Republic and as a citizen, I will continue to respect all the commandments of our Constitution.”
Leaving the podium after Bolsonaro’s speech, his chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira, said the president had “authorized” the transition to Lula’s government.
It was Bolsonaro narrow defeat on Sunday, winning 49.1 percent of the vote to Lula’s 50.9 percent and becoming the first incumbent to lose re-election in Brazil’s post-dictatorship era.
For months, he falsely claimed that the country’s electronic voting system was vulnerable to fraud, a claim dismissed by forensic experts, but raised fears the former army captain could be preparing to challenge the result.
Many of Bolsonaro’s key political allies had already publicly acknowledged Lula’s victory, putting pressure on him to do the same.
Some, including Nogueira, have begun reaching out to the Lula camp to discuss a transition, while others, including the speaker of the lower house of the National Congress, have said publicly that Bolsonaro’s government should respect the election result.
Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiev, reporting from Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, said “it was a very long wait and a very short statement” from Bolsonaro, “but he used that statement in his role as the leader of the conservative right in Brazil.” .
Lula criticized Bolsonaro for not accepting defeat or calling him immediately after the election results were announced on Sunday night. “Anywhere else in the world a defeated president would have called me to acknowledge his defeat,” he said in his victory speech in Sao Paulo.
While Bolsonaro has remained silent, both in public statements and on social media, many of his supporters have set up roadblocks angry at his defeat.
Brazilian truckers, Bolsonaro’s main constituency, used burning tires and vehicles to block major routes across the country, including outside Sao Paulo’s international airport, forcing several flight cancellations.
Demonstrators wearing the yellow and green colors of the Brazilian flag, which the outgoing president has adopted as his own, shouted slogans and hung banners with Bolsonaro’s image.
“We will not accept to lose what we have gained. We want what is written on our flag: “order and progress”. We will not accept the situation as it is,” Antoniol Almeida, 45, told AFP news agency during a protest in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro state.
In his brief speech, Bolsonaro described the protests as the result of “indignation and a sense of injustice” over the vote. He said that the protesters should avoid destroying property or “obstructing the right to come and go”.
Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday the Federal Highway Police ordered to take “every measure” to clear the blockades, warning that the force’s director-general would face fines if he failed to act.
Highway Police Executive Director Marco Antonio Territo de Barros told reporters there were 267 roadblocks and that 306 had already been cleared since Sunday.
“It is a complex operation involving more than 75,000 kilometers of federal highways,” he said.
Al Jazeera’s Yanakiev says Brazilians are increasingly worried about the blockades.
“Daily life is disrupted and there is absolutely nothing to gain because you cannot directly overturn the election result by bringing the country to a standstill with trucks,” he said earlier. “People say it’s time to just admit defeat.”
Meanwhile, Lula has set to work to tackle a long list of priorities, including strengthening the government agencies he is tasked with: protecting the environment and indigenous territories in Brazil, as well as uniting a deeply polarized nation.
The head of Lula’s Workers’ Party, Glacey Hoffman, said Tuesday that Brazil’s newly elected Vice President Geraldo Alcmin will coordinate the transition to the next government, which is expected to take office on Jan. 1. That process is expected to begin Thursday, Hoffman said. said:
He also said he would discuss the transition again with Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, Nogueira.
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