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The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, broke his silence this Tuesday after his electoral defeat over the weekend against Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to ensure that he will respect the Constitution of his country.
After the president’s brief intervention, who avoided explicitly acknowledging his defeat in the presidential elections, the Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, announced that they will begin the transfer of power with Lula in the next few days.
Lula da Silva won the elections on Sunday with 50.9% of the vote, compared to 49.1% for Bolsonaro, the closest result of a presidential election since the return of democracy to Brazil.
Bolsonaro rejected in his speech the roadblocks that his followers have made in various states of Brazil in protest of his defeat, although he attributed them to a “feeling of injustice”.
‘The present popular movements are froute of indignation and feeling of injustice of how the electoral process unfolded,” he said from the presidential palace in Alvorada.
“Peaceful demonstrations will always be welcome, but our methods cannot be those of the left, which have always harmed the population,” he added, mentioning among them the “restriction of the right to come and go.”
“The four lines of the Constitution”
The Brazilian president’s statement came after his two-day silence since Sunday’s ballot, which increased doubts about whether he would accept his defeat.
“As president of the Republic and citizen, I will continue to comply with all the commandments of our Constitution,” Bolsonaro said on Tuesday without once mentioning Lula.
“I was always branded as undemocratic and, contrary to my accusers, I always played within the four lines of the Constitution,” he said.
Bolsonaro began his read message of just two minutes with a thank you to “the 58 million Brazilians” who voted for him on Sunday, without referring to the more than 60 million who supported his rival.
But Nogueira’s appointment to the transition between the outgoing and incoming government suggests Bolsonaro will avoid challenging the election result, his first defeat at the polls since being elected as a Rio de Janeiro councilor in 1988.
On Tuesday, Lula appointed his vice president-elect, Geraldo Alckmin, as coordinator of the transition between the incoming and outgoing governments.
Alckmin is a center-right politician who ran against Lula in the 2006 elections and may be able to establish a more fluid dialogue with the Bolsonaro government than leaders of Lula’s leftist Workers’ Party.
“Feeling of Injustice”
At the same time, the president’s lack of mention of Lula’s victory and his comment on the “sense of injustice” over the electoral process reinforce doubts about whether Bolsonaro will accept his defeat.
These doubts arose even before the elections, when the president questioned several times and without evidence the reliability of the Brazilian electoral system.
This led many to anticipate that could search challenge an adverse outcome as did his ally Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, when he lost his re-election in 2020.
the brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported this Tuesday that members of the Judiciary, which ordered the police to unblock the roads blocked by truckers who support Bolsonaro, contacted allies of the president to try to convince him that he should break his silence and admit the result to lower the tension.
The trucker protests spread to more than 20 states in the country and reached more than 230 roadblocks, in some cases with the passivity or support of the federal police.
It remains to be seen if the president’s message will be enough for his supporters to lift the blockades that are still in place.
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