A month after losing the presidential election Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT)the president Jair Bolsonaro (Poland) cautiously emerged from the lockdown she imposed after the poll results were announced.
According to those around him, the president is already less depressed by the defeat, but still wants to remain a recluse. Gradually, he resumed his schedule of meetings outside the Palacio da Alvorada, the official residence.
The president’s conclusion, a few public words spoken over the past month, and a coup d’état by his party, the PL, to cast doubt on the election results were ultimately seen as a veiled inducement to anti-democratic actions by supporters in front of the barracks.
During his seclusion after the defeat, Bolsonaro was engaged in pleasing the allies and discussing the future of his political group in opposition. Among them is the race for the presidency of the Senate.
All conversations were conducted behind closed doors and, for the most part, in the Alvorada Palace. Last week, he hosted the allied senators nominated as candidates for the presidency of the House of Representatives: Teresa Cristina (PP-MS), Rogerio Marinho (PL-RN), Eduardo Gomez (PL-TO) and Carlos Portinho (PL-RJ). The meeting was attended by his eldest son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ).
According to the interlocutors of the CEO, today he prefers the name nautical in dispute. The senator was his minister of regional development and is considered a man of good transit in Congress.
If he enters the race to command the Senate, Marinho will have to take on current President Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG).
According to allies, last week Bolsonaro worked to have two federal judges appointed to the STJ (Superior Court).Mesod Azoulay Neto and Paulo Sergio Dominguez were approved by the Senate.
Members of the judiciary and Lula’s allies wanted to leave the vote for the next year, but the nominations were approved by the senators.
On the other hand, Bolsonaro also appointed allies to the regulatory bodies and to the Ethics Commission under the President of the Republic.
Last week, he appointed his minister of the government secretariat and right-hand man Celio Faria to the President’s Commission on Public Ethics. Jr🇧🇷 He is one of the president’s closest aides and one of those who were with Bolsonaro the most during his seclusion in Alvorada.
Another candidate for the panel is João Enrique Nascimento de Freitas, Special Advisor to the President.
The nominations were published in an additional issue of the Official Gazette on Friday (18). Positions work with mandates – so they are integral and will be part of the collegiality for a good part of the third term of office. Lula.
In addition to them, Bolsonaro appointed Luciana Lauria López, who is the Secretariat’s Special Adviser on Strategic Affairs (SAE), Ombudsman for Antaq (National Water Transport Agency). She is also the wife of Freitas, Bolsonaro’s appointed member of the Ethics Commission.
In the same Official Gazette of November 18, Bolsonaro appointed Edgar Ribeiro Diaz as Ombudsman for Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency). He is the chief of staff of Celio Faria Jr.
On the same day, the chief executive gave three more names to regulators. Everything must pass Senate review.
Since last Wednesday (23), the president has left his official residence three times.Palace of Alvorada to go to his place of work, the Planalto Palace.
In all cases, he never spent more than five hours there.
During this month after the defeat, Bolsonaro avoided speeches and public statements. He only spoke to the press once, two days after the results of the second round, when he asked supporters to unblock the roads, but said other demonstrations were welcome.
He abandoned the tradition of conducting live broadcasts, the so-called live, as he did from the beginning of his presidential term.
In social networks, Bolsonaro generally reduced his activity. In one of the rare publications, he published on Tuesday his photo over the coat of arms of the republic.
Bolsonaro was last at a demonstration and rode a motorcycle with supporters on October 29, Saturday, in Belo Horizonte, on the eve of the vote.
After the electoral defeat, his most radical supporters gathered outside the barracks to call for a military coup. At the same time, the LP has been used to question the legitimacy of the elections, although without pointing to any proof or evidence of fraud.
The attempt earned PL President Valdemar Costa Neto an STF (Federal Supreme Court) investigation and a fine of almost 23 million reais against the party.
This Tuesday (29) Bolsonaro met in Planalto with the President of Firjan (Federation of Industry of the State of Rio de Janeiro) Eduardo Eugenio Vieira and with Valdemar.
In addition to the Planalto program, he and First Lady Michele Bolsonaro invited some 60 children to a Christmas cantata in Alvorada.
The event was organized by the Pátria Voluntária program coordinated by Michelle. No official photos of the meeting have been released.
Last Saturday (26) the president also traveled to the state of Rio to attend his first public event since defeat, a military ceremony in the city of Resende.
He remained silent at the event. Vice President Hamilton Murao (Republicans) was seen at the ceremony talking to Bolsonaro, but the president reacted listlessly.
“I told him there were a lot of people wanting to take pictures with him, I asked him to go there and take pictures with people, but he was a little sad,” Murao said on Tuesday of a conversation he had with Bolsonaro.
At a time of Bolsonaro’s greatest seclusion, Murao himself gave a different explanation for the president’s disappearance. Both the MP and other allies explained that Bolsonaro was recovering from a bacterial infection in his legs.
Murão also assumed the institutional role normally held by the President of the Republic. Last month, for example, he received credentials from foreign ambassadors who will work in Brazil.