He did not mention Lula da Silva or congratulate him on his victory.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke on Tuesday for the first time since last Sunday’s election vote that gave victory to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“As President of the Republic and as a citizen, I will continue to carry out all the mandates of our Constitution,” the president said in his brief two-minute statement, which he delivered after a long hour of waiting, in which he did not quote. Congratulate Lula or him on his second round win.
“I have always been labeled anti-democratic and unlike my accusers, I have always played within the four lines of the Constitution. I have never talked about controlling or censoring the media and social networks,” he added.
Until now, the president, who usually makes statements when arriving or leaving the Planaldo Palace, has remained silent on the election results, creating uncertainty in the South American institution.
That silence he assumed led members of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to refuse to meet him until he publicly admitted his defeat.
While Bolsonaro remained silent, some supporters, including truck drivers, rejected Lula’s victory and blocked roads in the country, hoping the president would challenge the results.
In his brief speech he addressed those objections in a critical tone. “Our methods cannot be left-wing, they always harm the people, such as encroachment of property, destruction of heritage and restriction of right to come and go,” he opined.
On the other hand, he also pointed out that “peaceful demonstrations are welcome”.
He added that the current rallies in his favor were “a result of anger and a sense of injustice at how the electoral process was carried out”.
The President took the opportunity to thank the more than 58 million people who voted for him last Sunday.
“It is an honor to be the leader of millions of Brazilians who, like them, defend economic freedom, religious freedom, freedom of expression,” he stressed.
After Bolsonaro’s brief speech, presidential minister Ciro Nogueira intervened, noting that the president had authorized him to begin the government transition process.
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