Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro still silent following his presidential defeat

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro still mute following his presidential defeat

Brazil's incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro of the Liberal Party has yet to comment following his presidential defeat Sunday.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro remained silent on Monday, the day after his defeat by Lula, who received numerous calls from foreign leaders congratulating him on his election.

While Brazil anxiously waited for the head of state to concede defeat, Bolsonarian truckers blocked highways in at least 16 states, declaring they did not accept defeat. #x27;election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In Brasilia, security has been preemptively tightened near the Three Powers Square, which brings together the Presidential Palace, the Supreme Court and the Parliament, in anticipation of the possible arrival of pro-Bolsonaro demonstrators.

After losing Sunday by a narrow margin (50.9% to 49.1%), the incumbent head of state – until the transfer of power on January 1 – had isolated himself at his official residence in Alvorada, Brasilia.

He went Monday morning to the Planalto Palace, the seat of the presidency, then returned in the afternoon to his residence, without making the slightest statement, noted a photographer from the; AFP.

This heavy silence, which Lula said he was worried about on Sunday evening, reminded many Brazilians that Jair Bolsonaro had repeatedly threatened not to recognize the verdict of the ballot boxes. ;he lost.

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Already anticipating difficulties, Lula had hoped on Sunday that the [outgoing] government be civilized and understand that it is necessary to make a good transfer of power.

This climate of x27;uncertainty was reflected in the volatility of the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, Latin America's leading financial center, which, after opening in the red, closed 1.36% higher, after many variations during the session.

Bolsonaro was removed from his throne by force, and we will put him back in power with the force that is ours, we, the group of truckers, told AFP Ezequias, a 40-year-old truck driver who only wanted to give his first name.

He took part on Monday in blocking the highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the economic capital, in Barra Mansa , in the southeast, without it being possible to know whether the movement was spontaneous or coordinated.

Brazilian truckers block a highway in the metropolitan area of ​​Florianopolis, October 31, 2022, for protest against the defeat of Jair Bolsonaro in the second round of the presidential election the day before.

Barrages of burning tires or vehicles were installed on roads in Mato Grosso, in the center-west, announced Concessionaria Rota Oeste, the manager of a highway in this agricultural state which votes Bolsonaro, but also roads Parana and Santa Catarina, Bolsonarist strongholds in the south of the country.

While the risk of short-term demonstrations is high, that of a serious institutional crisis is very low , however, estimated the consultants of Eurasia Group.

Lula's victory was greeted around the world by an avalanche of messages from foreign leaders, from Washington, London, Paris, Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi or Buenos Aires, to the European Commission, many of whom expressed their impatience to reconnect strong and productive relations with Brasilia, after four years of diplomatic isolation under Jair Bolsonaro.

The president-elect also received a visit to Sao Paulo from Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, a longtime ally, who promised to work together to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez is a longtime ally of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula also spoke on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Many leaders took the opportunity to remind Lula how critical the dossier protection of the Amazon, where deforestation has broken records since 2019, was a priority for the future of the planet.

Leading funder for the protection of the largest tropical forest in the world, Norway has announced the release of its funding suspended since 2019.

Brazil is ready to resume its leadership in the fight against the climate crisis […]. Brazil and the planet need a living Amazon, Lula said on Sunday evening in his victory speech.

Lula's government will have to give back the means to organizations monitoring of deforestation in the Amazon, very weakened by the cuts in credits, the dismemberments and the total impunity of all kinds of traffickers.

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