Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro 'allows transition' without acknowledging defeat

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Br&eacute ;sil: Jair Bolsonaro “authorizes transition” without acknowledging defeat

Jair Bolsonaro held a press conference two days after being beaten by Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro “authorized the transition” on Tuesday after Lula's election and pledged to “respect the Constitution” without explicitly acknowledging defeat in his first statement, two days after the presidential election. .

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 in a few-minute speech at the Alvorada presidential palace in Brasilia, during which he did not congratulate Lula on his victory.

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

Jair Bolsonaro, 67, also condemned in half-words the roadblocks set up since Sunday by his supporters to protest against his opponent's victory.< /p>

Peaceful protests will always be welcome, but we cannot use the methods of the left […], which undermine freedom of movement, he added.

It however claimed that these protests are the result of outrage and a sense of injustice over the electoral process.

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

First Brazilian president to fail in a bid for re-election, 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.

The vice -President-elect Geraldo Alckmin was appointed Tuesday coordinator of the transition team responsible for preparing the ground before the handover.

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

In Brazil it's 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 wants the transition process to start from Thursday, Gleisi Hoffmann, chairwoman of the Workers' Party (PT), co-founded by Lula, said on Tuesday.

Foreign trips 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.

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

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

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

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 thoroughfares and asked the Federal Traffic Police to take all necessary measures.

Qu' they unblock the roads! It's inconceivable, fumed Rosangela Senna, a 62-year-old Rio resident, who was waiting for a hypothetical coach departure at the bus station on Tuesday morning.

The capital , Brasilia, was quiet after preventive access restrictions to Three Powers Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Supreme Court are located.

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.

Bolsonaro supporters continue to dispute the presidential results.

Among them is 45-year-old evangelical Perla Maria dos Santos, who was kneeling in prayer for the leader of Bolsonaro. Outgoing state.

We are here because we do not accept that a former prisoner [Lula, editor's note] becomes president. We support Bolsonaro and we want him to stay in power, the secretary told AFP.

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

Transport 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 dissociated themselves from Bolsonarist truckers.

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