Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro “authorizes the transition” without acknowledging defeat

As long as I am President of the Republic, I will continue to respect the Constitution, declared the Head of State in a martial tone. He spoke during a speech of a few minutes at the presidential palace of Alvorada, in Brasilia, during which he did not congratulate Lula for his victory.

The president authorized me, according to the law, to begin the process of transition with the team of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said his chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira.

Jair Bolsonaro, 67, also condemned in half-words the roadblocks set up since Sunday by his supporters to protest against the victory of his opponent.

Peaceful protests will always be welcome, but we can’t use the methods of the left […]which affect the freedom of movementhe added.

However, he asserted that these demonstrations are the fruit of indignation and a feeling of injustice about the electoral process.

Jair Bolsonaro was stingy with words during his first media outing since his defeat.

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The first Brazilian president to have failed in a re-election attempt, Jair Bolsonaro was beaten on Sunday by the icon of the left Lula (50.9% against 49.1%).

Many foreign heads of state have congratulated Lula on his third term as head of the country after those from 2003 to 2010. He will take office on January 1.

Beginning of transition

Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin was appointed coordinator of the transition team on Tuesday to prepare the ground before the handover.

This team, which may number up to 50 people, will have access to public accounts and will be able to prepare the first decrees which will be promulgated by the new president after his inauguration.

In Brazil there is a sigh of relief. Defeated President Jair Bolsonaro has finally come out of his silence. He did not officially concede victory, but clearly the transition of power is underway. A report by our special correspondent, Jean-Michel Leprince.

Lula’s team want the transition process to begin from Thursdaysaid Tuesday Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the Workers’ Party (PT), co-founded by Lula.

Trips abroad are also planned before he takes office. Invited by Egypt, the president will attend COP27, which begins on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Ms Hoffmann announced.

Roadblocks continue

During the long two-day silence of the Head of State, the protest movement on the main roads spread. Calls to support them have multiplied on pro-Bolsonaro accounts on Twitter and on Telegram, the digital investigation team has found.AFP.

The Federal Highway Police reported in the middle of the afternoon more than 200 blockades, total or partial, in at least 22 of the 27 states of Brazil. Monday night, only a dozen states were affected.

People block a highway.

Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, mostly truckers, block a highway on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

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In several parts of the country, police used tear gas to disperse protesters.

On Monday evening, a Supreme Court judge ordered the immediate unblocking of roads and public roads and asked the Federal Highway Police to take all necessary measures.

Let them unblock the roads! It’s inconceivablefumed Rosangela Senna, a 62-year-old resident of Rio, who was waiting Tuesday morning for a hypothetical coach departure at the bus station.

The capital, Brasilia, was calm after the restrictions preventive access to the Place des Trois Pouvoirs, where the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Supreme Court are located.

A little-attended event

A call to demonstrate entitled Brazil will not be a Venezuela had been launched in the capital, but only about thirty Bolsonarists went to the Esplanade des Ministries at the start of the afternoon.

People demonstrate.

Bolsonaro supporters continue to dispute the presidential results.

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Among them was Perla Maria dos Santos, a 45-year-old fervent evangelical who was kneeling in prayer for the outgoing head of state.

We are here because we do not accept that a former prisoner [Lula, NDLR] accedes to the presidency. We support Bolsonaro and we want him to stay in powerentrusted this secretary to theAFP.

In Sao Paulo, it is a call to the largest mobilization in history which circulated on Wednesday on Paulista Avenue, invaded Sunday evening by hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters of Lula.

Road transport is essential in Brazil, a country of continental dimensions with few railways. In 2018, a 10-day strike by truckers led to serious supply problems.

Several leaders of this movement have dissociated themselves from the Bolsonarist truckers.

Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro “authorizes the transition” without acknowledging defeat