Brazil: Bolsonaro appears in public for the first time since his defeat

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Brazil: Bolsonaro appears in public for the first time since his defeat

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a graduation ceremony at the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, reappeared after spending weeks in reclusion and participated in a ceremony at a military academy on Saturday. However, he remained silent, almost a month after being defeated in the elections by the left-wing candidate Lula, whose victory he does not recognize.

For his first official event since the October 30 elections, Mr. Bolsonaro, a former army captain, presided over an official graduation ceremony at the Agulhas Negras (Black Needles) military academy in Resende. , in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, his face visibly grief-stricken, Mr. Bolsonaro remained standing alongside Vice President Hamilton Mourao and Brazilian Defense Minister Paulo Sergio Nogueira , both generals.

But whoever is due to leave power at midnight on December 31 had no word for the approximately 400 officer candidates and others present at the barracks military general.

Allow me to begin my remarks by thanking President Bolsonaro, who illuminates the event with his presence here, said the army commander , Marco Antonio Freire.

Since the victory at the polls of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Jair Bolsonaro, 67, has remained practically reclusive in his official residence in Alvorada. His schedule is light, punctuated by a handful of meetings with ministers and allies.

His social media accounts, on which he was very active during his presidency, are been inactive for almost a month.

Three days after the elections, the Brazilian president reappeared in a video to ask his supporters to unblock the roads occupied to protest against the election results.

Since then, the president of Latin America's most important nation has not spoken publicly. He also did not attend the G20 meeting in Bali or COP27 in Egypt.

Advisors and allies of the president gave various explanations for Mr's absences. . Bolsonaro, referring in turn to supposed sadness after his defeat at the polls, or a bacterial infection of the skin of one of his legs.

Some of his supporters have continued to demonstrate in front of barracks in different cities, demanding military intervention against the result of the ballot box.

According to local media, Jair Bolsonaro greeted several sympathizers gathered on Saturday near the #x27;military academy, who were there to request an intervention of the armed forces against the sling in the polls.

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