Brazil: Bolsonaro appears for the first time in public since the elections, but remains silent

Brazil: Bolsonaro appears for the first time in public since the ;elections, but remains silent


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reappeared, after spending weeks in reclusion, and took part in a ceremony at a military academy on Saturday, but remained silent, almost a month after his election rout against the candidate of the left Lula, whom he does not recognize. 

For his first official event since the October 30 elections, Mr. Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has presided over an official graduation ceremony at the “Agulhas Negras” (Black Needles) Military Academy in Resende, Rio de Janeiro.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, his face visibly grief-stricken, Mr Bolsonaro remained standing alongside Vice President Hamilton Mourao, and Brazilian Defense Minister Paulo Sergio Nogueira, both generals .

But whoever is due to step down at midnight on December 31, had no word for the approximately 400 officer candidates and others at military headquarters.

“Allow me to begin my remarks by thanking President Bolsonaro for his presence, which illuminates the event with his presence here,” said army commander Marco Antonio Freire.

From the victory at the polls of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Jair Bolsonaro, 67, remained practically recluse in his official residence of Alvorada. His agenda is light, punctuated by only a handful of meetings with ministers and allies.

His social accounts, on which they were very active during his presidency, remained inactive for almost a month. < /p>

Three days after the election, Brazil's president reappeared in a video asking his supporters to 'unblock' busy roads to protest the election results.

Since then, the nation's most important president from Latin America has not spoken publicly. He also did not attend the G20 meeting in Bali or COP27 in Egypt.

The president's advisers and allies gave different explanations for Mr. Bolsonaro's absences, referring in turn to a supposed “sadness” after his defeat at the polls, or a bacterial infection of the skin of one of his legs.

Some of his supporters continued to demonstrate in front of barracks in different cities, demanding a military intervention against the result of the polls.

According to local media, Jair Bolsonaro greeted several sympathizers gathered on Saturday near the military academy, gathered to demand an intervention of the armed forces “against the sling” at the polls.