Brazil’s government begins democratic transition despite Bolsonaro’s silence

Rio de Janeiro.— The Minister of the Presidency of Brazil, Ciro Nogueira, contacted the spokespersons of the campaign Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to announce his readiness to start a transition process between the two governments despite the far-right leader’s silence on the victory of his rival.

Nogueira’s initiative was announced by Workers’ Party (PT) campaign communications coordinator Edinho Silva in a statement released 24 hours after the progressive leader was declared the winner of Sunday’s presidential election in Brazil.

“I had contact this Monday afternoon with the Minister of the Presidency, Ciro Nogueira, at his request, and he immediately began to lead the transition process representing the current Bolsonaro government,” said Silva, the mayor of the city of Araraquara. and an important associate of Lula, in the press release.

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Silva added that he immediately reported his conversation with Nogueira to Deputy Gleisa Hoffmann, president of the PT, “so that the necessary contacts could be agreed” to start the process.

In his statement, the fellow believer of the newly elected president emphasized the “republican and democratic position of the minister”.

The transition of the government is foreseen by Brazilian law and stipulates that the incumbent president and the newly elected president appoint working teams within 48 hours to coordinate the process and guarantee the transfer of data and information.

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Despite Bolsonaro’s silence, the Vice President of the Republic, Reserve General Hamilton Mourao, also took a step facilitate the transition.

According to a PT campaign spokesperson, Mourao contacted Vice President-elect Gerald Alckmin to make himself available to work together and even offered him a visit to the Jaburu Palace, the Vice President’s residence.

Lula won Sunday’s election with 50.9 percent of the vote, compared to Bolsonaro’s 49.1 percent, and 24 hours after the final result was announced, the incumbent president, who was running for re-election, has yet to comment on the outcome. of choice. .

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your silence keeps the country and the world in suspensesince during the campaign the far-right leader threatened to accept the results of the polls only if he felt the elections were transparent.

According to media reports, Bolsonaro has informed his ministers that he will not oppose the change of government, but that in the next few hours he will state some objections he has to the electoral process and electoral bodies.

Amid doubts about the transition, hundreds of Bolsonaro truckers began blocking various roads in the country in protest against the progressive leader’s victory in the presidential election, which they see as the product of fraud.

According to the latest data from the Federal Highway Police, in 20 of the 27 states of the South American giant, around 250 blockades of national and regional highways were recorded.

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