Brazil transition takes shape, Bolsonaro keeps low profile

Brazil transition takes shape, Bolsonaro keeps low profile

Incoming Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is seen during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2022
Incoming Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is seen during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2022. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP/File
Source: AFP

PAY ATTENTION: Сheck out news that is picked exactly for YOU ➡️ find “Recommended for you” block on the home page and enjoy!

The head of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's transition on Tuesday picked a team to smooth the leftist's ascent to Brazil's presidency, while outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro remained uncharacteristically silent after his election loss.

Lula's vice-president-elect Geraldo Alckmin named a political council and a team of economists, among others, who will lay the groundwork for the changeover of government on January 1.

"We are working, the future has already begun," Lula wrote on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Lula will meet with the leaders of both chambers of Congress in Brasilia to discuss budget issues as he looks to implement his campaign promises of increased social spending, while grappling with a struggling economy.

Lula, who will be serving a third term as president, is facing a far tougher outlook than the commodities-fueled boom he presided over in the 2000s.

Read also

Brazil's Bolsonaro keeps low profile after loss

The economics team appointed by Alckmin includes economists Andre Lara Resende and Persio Arisa, who helped draw up a plan to halt hyperinflation in Brazil in the nineties.

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see YEN.com.gh News on your News Feed!

'A great sadness'

Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has all but disappeared from public view and even his beloved social media accounts.

The far-right president responded to his defeat in the October 30 runoff election with nearly two days of silence as his supporters blocked highways in protest and urged the military to intervene to keep him in power.

Bolsonaro finally made a brief statement on November 1, saying he would respect the constitution. However, he neither conceded defeat nor congratulated Lula.

He posted a video the following night, urging supporters to stop blocking highways -- though he encouraged "legitimate demonstrations."

The protesters largely acquiesced, though a handful of rogue roadblocks remain, as well as demonstrations outside military bases.

Read also

Brazil roadblocks dwindle as Bolsonaro starts handover

Bolsonaro, 67, has remained silent since.

Lula's vice-president-elect Geraldo Alckmin (C) named a group of experts to the transition team
Lula's vice-president-elect Geraldo Alckmin (C) named a group of experts to the transition team. Photo: EVARISTO SA / AFP
Source: AFP

According to his public agenda, he has been holed up at his official residence since November 1, when he met with cabinet ministers.

Newspaper O Globo reported Bolsonaro was home with "health issues," had a fever and appeared exhausted, citing sources close to the president.

Bolsonaro's office did not immediately respond to questions about his health from AFP.

The leader of the president's Liberal Party (PL), Valdemar Costa Neto, said Bolsonaro's silence was "natural" given his narrow loss -- 50.9 percent of the vote to 49.1 percent, the tightest presidential race in Brazil's modern history.

"When you lose an election like that, you feel it in your heart," Neto told a news conference.

"It's a great sadness."

Enigmatic tweet

Bolsonaro has not posted to his usually bustling Twitter account since the runoff, except last Wednesday's video and an enigmatic picture posted Tuesday, showing the president standing before a crowd of supporters, a Brazilian flag in the background.

Read also

Lula, Bolsonaro teams start Brazil power transition

Bolsonaro has even stopped giving his weekly live address on Facebook, one of the main communication channels he has relied on to speak to his base throughout his presidency.

Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has all but disappeared from public view since his election loss
Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has all but disappeared from public view since his election loss. Photo: EVARISTO SA / AFP/File
Source: AFP

The rest of the Bolsonaro clan has also been unusually quiet online since the election.

The day after, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president's eldest son, posted a message saying, "Dad, I'm with you no matter what."

Sunday, he posted two other messages condemning alleged "censorship" of his father's supporters on social media -- a frequent complaint from the pro-Bolsonaro camp as Brazilian authorities have moved to block disinformation online.

Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, Flavio's younger brother, meanwhile shared a post from new Twitter owner Elon Musk promising to "look into" claims that pro-Bolsonaro users' accounts were unfairly suspended.

New feature: Сheck out news that is picked for YOU ➡️ find “Recommended for you” block on the home page and enjoy!

Source: AFP

Authors:
AFP avatar

AFP AFP text, photo, graphic, audio or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. AFP news material may not be stored in whole or in part in a computer or otherwise except for personal and non-commercial use. AFP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in any AFP news material or in transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages whatsoever. As a newswire service, AFP does not obtain releases from subjects, individuals, groups or entities contained in its photographs, videos, graphics or quoted in its texts. Further, no clearance is obtained from the owners of any trademarks or copyrighted materials whose marks and materials are included in AFP material. Therefore you will be solely responsible for obtaining any and all necessary releases from whatever individuals and/or entities necessary for any uses of AFP material.

Online view pixel