Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro ready for a good power transition, says VP-elect

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro ready for a good transition of power, says elected VP

Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin speaks to reporters after his meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro's chief of staff.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has not explicitly acknowledged his electoral defeat to Lula, is open to a smooth transition of power, vice-president-elect Geraldo Alckmin said on Thursday after being challenged. received at the presidential palace.

During this unscheduled meeting, Mr. Bolsonaro expressed the readiness of the federal government to provide all the information and assistance necessary for a smooth transition, Mr. Alckmin told the press, instructed by the head of the ;Left elected state Lula to coordinate the transition process.

He described the meeting as positive. Jair Bolsonaro, narrowly beaten last Sunday (49.1% against 50.9%) had remained silent two days before authorizing this transition by declaring that he would respect the Constitution.

But he did not explicitly acknowledge defeat or congratulate Lula, raising fears of a turbulent period between now and Lula's enthronement on January 1.< /p>

The transition has begun between the current government and the one to be formed by Lula, Mr. Alckmin announced earlier, assuring that the process had started on the right foot.

Mr. Alckmin met with representatives of the far-right president in Brasilia, as protest movements in the country faltered against the election of the former head of state of left Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).

The conversation was very profitable, assured Mr. Alckmin, ex-governor of Sao Paulo. The transition is being made in the best possible way, for the benefit of the population, he insisted during a brief press briefing in Brasilia.

Mr. Alckmin met the head of state's chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira, at the Planalto presidential palace. Lula's representative was accompanied by Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the Workers' Party (PT) and the coordinator of the government program of the left, Aloizio Mercadante.

Lula gave it to him said clearly in his [victory] speech, our task is to unify Brazil, so let's go, the vice president-elect said.

Mr. Alckmin, a technocrat and former leader of the center-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), was chosen by Lula to reassure the center and business circles.

Lula is taking a few days of deserved rest until Sunday, Alckmin said.

He had a productive meeting earlier Thursday with Senate budget rapporteur Marcelo Castro, to discuss the compatibility of Lula's electoral promises with a very constrained 2023 federal budget.

Mr. Alckmin also condemned the erection of roadblocks by angry Bolsonarists across the country, which have caused supply problems since Monday.

It is not possible to prevent people from circulating. This is serious, he said. One thing is to demonstrate, another is to prevent people from coming and going.

Thursday, the number of roadblocks had dropped significantly, after the x27; Jair Bolsonaro's appeal the night before to his supporters, in a video posted on Twitter.

The President of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, for his part, castigated the undemocratic actions of those who do not accept the result of the election and who will be treated as criminals.


Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro block a highway to protest his second-round loss to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Itaborai, Rio de Janerio state, Brazil, Tuesday, November 1, 2022.< /p>

The federal traffic police (PFR) only counted 32 of them at the end of the afternoon on the whole territory, against 250 on Tuesday at the time of the peak. It dispersed 862 protests.

I appeal to you: Clear the roads. This does not seem to me to be part of the legitimate demonstrations, said Mr. Bolsonaro on Wednesday evening.

Other demonstrations that have taken place throughout Brazil, in other places, are part of the democratic game, they are welcome, he added, however. I'm with you and I'm sure you're with me.

Thousands of his supporters gathered on Wednesday outside military command locations in a dozen Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo, Brasila and Rio, to demand an intervention of the army following the defeat of their leader.

In Rio de Janeiro, Thursday morning, it does not only a dozen irreducible remained in front of a military barracks, some of whom had spent the night in tents.

A video viewed more than two million times on Apparently Nazi salutes at a protest in the southern state of Santa Catarina were controversial on Thursday, with a preliminary prosecutor's investigation finding no evidence of Nazi apologia.

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