Brazil: Brazil’s President Bolsonaro returns to work

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro returns to work

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who has since been voted out, casts his vote in the runoff election in Rio de Janeiro. photo

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Brazil’s new President Lula is scheduled to take office on January 1st. So far, his predecessor Bolsonaro has not explicitly acknowledged the election defeat. Is he spreading new doubts now?

After his electoral defeat, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has returned to his job at the seat of government in the capital Brasília. The head of state left his residence on Wednesday and drove to the presidential palace, as shown on Globo TV. Previously, Bolsonaro had not left his residence for almost three weeks. He was last at government headquarters on November 3 for a meeting with newly elected Vice President Geraldo Alckmin.

Bolsonaro lost the runoff election on October 30 to leftist ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The right-wing head of state did not recognize his defeat. For days, his supporters blocked highways across the country to protest Lula’s victory. The ex-president (2003-2010) will begin his third term on January 1, 2023.

On Tuesday, Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party applied to the Supreme Electoral Court to have part of the electoral vote invalidated. According to this, electronic ballot boxes manufactured after 2020 should not have any serial numbers and therefore cannot be clearly assigned. Even before the vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly expressed doubts about the electoral system and indicated that he might not recognize the result.

Report Globo TV


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