Bolsonaro emerges from silence 40 days after his defeat, calling out his “sickness of the soul”.

Since the victory of his opponent Lula, the Brazilian president had been silent.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke his silence on Friday, December 9 after 40 days of silence by expressing his “soul disease” after his electoral defeat by Lula at the end of October. “I was quiet for almost 40 days. It hurts, it hurts the soul. I have always been a happy person among you, I even risked my life in the crowd.the radical right-wing president said to supporters outside the Alvorada Palace.

“Some point to my silence. A few weeks ago, if I had gone out to say “bonjour”everything would be distorted, changed”, he justified. Jair Bolsonaro has been silent and almost absent from public space since his narrow defeat in the presidential election against Lula on October 30, 50.9% to 49.1%. He participated in only one official event on November 26 at a military school.

After their candidate’s defeat, thousands of Bolsonarists blocked roads and demonstrated in front of military barracks to demand that the army prevent Lula from taking power on January 1. Jair Bolsonaro estimated that on Friday “the armed forces are essential in all countries of the world are the ultimate bulwark against socialism”. “The people are the ones who determine their destiny”he said.

“The ones who decide my future, where I go is you. You are the ones who decide where the armed forces come from.”he added and stated that “we live at a crucial moment, a crossroads”. With the handover approaching, the next president Lula has already named five future ministers: Fernando Haddad for Finance, Mauro Vieira for Foreign Affairs, Flavio Dino for Justice, Rui Costa for Casa Civil (halfway between Prime Minister and Chief of Staff) and José Mucio Monteiro in Defense .

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